Cutting-Edge Research Saves Local Boy’s Life
Danville Patch | May 22, 2011 | By Sarah Frank
In August, Danny McHale will turn 11, a milestone most doctors never thought he’d reach.
When Danny was just 5 ½ months old, his parents knew something was wrong. Danny wasn’t sitting up like other babies, and when he was put into a sitting position, he would flop right over.
Danny’s parents, Mary and Joe, took him to a neurologist, and after five minutes were told that he had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Stage II, and to take him home and enjoy him while they could. They were told Danny was what doctors termed a “weak type II” because he did eventually sit with assistance as a baby.
They got the devastating news no parents want to hear—it was terminal. They were told their Danny had three to six months to live, and they should make sure to get him baptized.
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