New Drug Provides Hope for Boys Born with Hunter Syndrome

Hunter syndrome is a rare, but deadly genetic disorder.

About one in every 130,000 baby boys are born with it.

Until now, there was no way to treat it.

That is all changing, thanks to a real medical breakthrough.

Jack Frye, 4, always has a song and a smile to share.

When he was one, he was diagnosed with a disorder called hunter syndrome.

Children with hunter syndrome are missing an enzyme that helps the body break down waste.

Without it, the organs fail.

Now, a drug called elaprase gives the body some of the enzyme it's missing. Biochemical Geneticist, Dr. Eric Crombez says, “The prognosis is going to change drastically. It absolutely stops and improves this disease, so it's a true treatment.”

Doctors have to study the drug for years to know just how much longer kids will live, but they say it looks very promising.

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