Gene therapy trial gives Coopersville toddler second chance at life

December 07, 2016

gene therapy Coopersville twins

A West Michigan toddler born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), more commonly known as “bubble boy” disease, is active and healthy, thanks to newborn screening and gene therapy, Fox 17 TV in Grand Rapids reports.

The boy’s mother admits she was initially wary of gene therapy, but she’s happy with the results.

“I had never heard of it before. It seemed kind of weird modifying his genes and putting them back into him,” she tells the station. "They're happy with all of his lab results and all the testing they did so we're very excited. It means he gets to be a normal kid."

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