Gene therapy allows child to go home for holidays

Gene therapy allows child to go home for holidays


The Canadian Press

Centreville, N.B. — Two-year-old Katlyn DeMerchant is getting ready to experience her first Christmas outside of the sterile hospital room where she has been confined for most of her life.

The New Brunswick girl, who is known in the province as the “bubble baby,” was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency, an extremely rare genetic disorder that left her with virtually no immune system.

But thanks to experimental gene therapy she received at an American hospital, this year she’s spending Christmas at home

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