Experimental Drug Helps Girl Born Without Bones

Photo Credit: warriorwoman531A breakthrough drug has helped a little girl survive after being born without many of her bones, The Tennessean reported.

Janelly Martinez-Amador was born with hypophosphatasia, a genetic disease that disrupts the mineralization process of a person’s bones and teeth. The disease occurs in about one out of every 100,000 infants, and Janelly had the most severe form of the condition – which is usually fatal.

At birth, she didn’t have ribs to support breathing, according to the Tennessean. Her parents, Salvador Martinez and Janet Amador, wondered if they would have to take their daughter off life support shortly after birth.

But Janelly fought, and at almost 3 years old, she began a clinical trial at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbuilt in Tennessee. Now, four years later, Janelly can dance.

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