Unique case. For the first time, a child began to be treated for a deadly disease in the womb

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A unique case. For the first time the child was treated from a deadly disease in the womb

According to scientists, the early start of treatment allowed a girl from Canada to be born without obvious signs of a dangerous disease.

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Canadian scientists report a unique case in medical practice. For the first time, a child who is predisposed to the very rare and often fatal Pompe disease was treated before he was born. Thanks to this, a girl from Canada was born without obvious signs of a rare genetic disease and has a chance for a normal life. Although the child will need treatment for the rest of her life, writes Live Science.

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Scientists described a unique case in a new article for The New England Journal of Medicine. The article says that a girl named Isla Bashir was born in Ottawa, Canada, and is now 16 months old. And scientists have been watching her all this time.

Her parents are carriers of the recessive gene variant, so their children have a 25% chance of inheriting Pompe disease. This disease causes damage to muscle and nerve cells throughout the child's body. It is often fatal, although only 1 in 100,000 children is affected. Prior to this, the girl's parents had already lost two children, who were still babies, just because of this disease.

Some people with less severe Pompe disease develop symptoms later in life, according to scientists, but Ayla was diagnosed with this rare genetic disorder while she was still in her mother's womb.

A unique case. For the first time, a child was treated for a fatal disease in the womb

A unique case. For the first time, a child was treated for a fatal disease even in the womb

Basically, children with a complex variant of Pompe disease used to die before birth, but scientists began to treat this girl, before she was born to prevent serious damage to her body.

As a result of treatment, Isla was born without obvious signs of a rare genetic disease and at the time of writing she did not yet have symptoms of the disease.

< p>According to scientists, observational data show that the development of the child is normal and the prognosis for her future life is very positive, although she will have to be treated for the rest of her life.

Now Ayla is already 16 months old and, according to her parents , she is happy and developing like normal children.

As Focus already wrote, scientists recently presented developed a new theory about what causes Alzheimer's disease. Until now, one of the main reasons is the formation of amyloid plaques in the human brain. But scientists believe that the reason lies elsewhere.