Bianca was just a 14-month-old baby when the doctors found out about her illness (Spinal Muscular Athrophy type II.) With assistance and bracing these children may be able to stand, but are unable to walk and require a wheelchair to get around. Children with SMA Type II may also develop weakness of the muscles used for breathing and experience difficulty coughing. Life expectancy is about 2-18 years. The cause of death is respiratory failure.