Race Against Time for Boy Battling Rare, Alzheimer’s-like Illness
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Connor Dobbyn is an energetic and loving 12-year-old, but he’s fading away every second.
Connor has Sanfilippo syndrome, a genetic brain disorder in children that experts compare to Alzheimer’s disease.
The boy already has lost some of what he’s learned in his short time on Earth, and every day he loses a little more.
“We’re on borrowed time. They don’t live through their teens,” said his mom, Marisa DiChiacchio, who lives with Connor in West Chester, Pa. “We have six years left, at most.”
Here’s the good news: Researchers think they’ve found a cure for Connor’s type of Sanfilippo, a therapy that replaces the bad gene in his body with a healthy working version.
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