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Waylon and Aaliyah - 2014 All Children's Hospital Telethon

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Published on Jun 2, 2014

In the world of immunodeficiency diseases there are survivors and there are trailblazers. This is the story of two of them. Waylon and Aaliyah have something in common. They were both born with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) - it's also known as "Bubble Boy Disease" - which leaves newborns defenseless against common bacteria and viruses. Unless diagnosed early, many succumb to infections before they turn two.

For Waylon, diagnosis was obvious because, sadly, his older brother passed away from SCID. But recently Florida made diagnosis easier by adding SCID to its list of routine newborn screenings. This means that, if identified early, the chance for survival and the cost of treatment greatly improve.

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