Helping Matty: Seabrook second-grader battles two diseases
Seacoastonline.com | April 13, 2012 | By Nancy Rineman
SEABROOK — Seven-and-a-half-year-old Matty Garrett is a master of animal facts.
The Seabrook Elementary School second-grader can tell you all about natural habitats and what animals eat, and his spelling is impeccable, thanks to the volumes of books he reads. He also is a fan of National Geographic’s “America the Wild” and Animal Planet.
Bright and beaming with enthusiasm, Matty shares stories and banter with classmates in teacher Cathy MacDonald’s classroom, working through each school day as a child with cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy Type 2.
Matty was diagnosed with both diseases at six months old. The chances of one person being diagnosed with both diseases are one in three million, according to Matty’s family.
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