Nz News – New York blind boy meets mother and son who saved his life

A 15-year-old boy who was born with a rare genetic disorder that would leave him blind met the woman who saved his life.Anthony Dones, of Long Island, New York, was four months old when he was diagnosed with malignant infantile osteopetrosis (known as ‘stone bone’), a rare genetic disorder that makes bones prone to fractures and can cause bone marrow failure.Doctors, who said Anthony would die if they didn’t find a stem cell donor soon, found an anonymous donor within 24 hours of his diagnosis.Now, 15 years later, Anthony has finally met Patti and Sam Bosque, the mother and son who donated the umbilical cord blood that saved his life.’After 15 years I always thought about who she is, what she looks like,’ Tracey Dones told Daily Mail Online. ‘She has no idea what she’s done for us.’Patti told ABC News she doesn’t remember much about her son, Sam Bosque’s birth, and completely forgot she donated his umbilical cord’s blood to the New York Blood Center’s Cord Blood Program.’I remembered doing it for my daughter [Olivia, now 18]… and then my son was born two-and-a-half years later, but I don’t really remember anything,’ Patti said. ‘But Anthony was proof that I did.’Tracey didn’t know her only son was sick until November 2002, four months after he was born, when he woke up one day vomiting.She took Anthony to a pediatrician who noticed the then-four-month-old had an abnormally high white blood cell count – which usually signals that a person has an infection or a bone marrow disease.Anthony was diagnosed with malignant infantile osteoporosis and doctors told Tracey he needed a blood transfusion to survive.Malignant infantile osteopetrosis, which affects about one in 200,000 people, occurs when osteoclasts – cells that break down bone – do not work properly.Osteoclasts constantly break down small areas of the bone so that they can be made again by cells called osteoblasts. In essence, old bones are breaking down to make space for new bones.It makes bones prone to fractures, and can result in vision and hearing loss. The condition also affects bone marrow by significantly reducing the area in which its found and limiting its ability to create new blood cells.If untreated, this can result in death due to severe anemia, bleeding or infections, according to Medscape.It can take as ‘little as a few weeks’ and sometimes years to find a perfect match, according to officials at the National Marrow Donor Program. Tracey said doctors were able to find a donor for Anthony in within 24 hours of his diagnosis.Doctors had no luck finding a match through the National Marrow Donor Program. So they checked the New York Blood Center’s Cord Blood Program, a public bank for donated umbilical cord blood and found an anonynmousA month later, doctors performed a stem cell transplant on Anthony, a procedure that saved his life.’I’m overwhelmed. It’s very overwhelming,’ Patti told ABC News. ‘When I donated the cord blood, I thought it was going to be used more for research.
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Nz News – Ohio boy dies from the flu just hours after symptoms start

A four-year-old boy with a genetic disorder has been killed by the flu and now his older brother is in the hospital with the same virus.Jonah Rieben died on January 6, just hours after first showing symptoms, making him the first child to die from the flu in Ohio this season.The boy who loved to play with his 16 adoptive siblings was born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes heart defects, developmental delays and short stature, and doctors are still investigating if his condition contributed to his death.Now the parents who have spent their life adopting children with disorders are battling a seemingly common and innocuous virus that is devastating their family.Jonah’s older brother, who also suffers from a disorder, is in the hospital for the flu that has been sweeping the US this season, killing at least 20 children and 85 adults.Jonah was the first of two children to die in Ohio from the flu. The second reported child death was of a one-year-old boy from Lucas County.He died within hours of being brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital after showing flu-like symptoms.Jonah had less than a year with his new family after being born in Bulgaria and adopted by Valerie and Richard Rieben in February 2017.He was the youngest of 17 children, 14 of who were adopted from Bulgaria, Ukraine and Uzbekistan and suffer from disorders.The boy who loved music, car rides and chocolate smoothies was described in his obituary as ‘the happiest when he was in the middle of the chaos and craziness of his large and loving family.’Now his older brother Nikolai, who was also adopted and has a medical disorder, is in the hospital with flu-like symptoms.’At this point he is stable and doing very well,’ Valerie told Dayton Daily News.Doctors are still investigating if Jonah’s genetic disease contributed to his death.He suffered from Noonan disorder, a genetic condition that causes heart defects and developmental delays.A complete report by the medical examiner will take about six months to determine the exact cause of his death.Typically someone would show signs of the flu before it gets to the point of death, leading experts to believe that Jonah’s condition could have made an impact.His father Richard said: ‘You know, you belong to the ‘’special needs parents’’ group. You belong to the ‘’big family’’ group. The group I didn’t think I was ready to join was the group that has lost a young child.’Jonah’s death comes as this season’s massive flu outbreak is devastating the US.This season the flu has killed at least 20 children and more than 85 adults in the US, according to the CDC.The rate of hospitalizations almost doubled in a week, leaving hospitals overcrowded, understaffed and turning some patients away.Experts warn that infants and elderly people are the most vulnerable. The flu is now widespread in more than 46 states as the outbreak reaches his peak, making it one of the worse flu seasons in years.It is especially dangerous because while most people
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NZ NEWS – Mumps outbreak in Florida is the highest in a decade

NZ NEWS – Mumps outbreak in Florida is the highest in a decade
This year’s mumps outbreak is the highest number of reported cases Florida has experienced in the last five years combined.At least 56 cases of mumps have been reported in the Sunshine State in 2017 across all ages.Half of those cases are in patients who have received the MMR vaccination which is meant to prevent measles, mumps and rubella.Though Florida is experiencing a significant rise in infections, it is well below outbreaks in other states that have seen hundreds of cases of mumps this year.Health officials estimate that there are about 5,000 cases of reported mumps across the US this year.The majority of those outbreaks are in Arkansas, Missouri, New York, Washington and Texas.In Florida, most infections were reported in Broward, Collier, Duval, Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties, according to a Florida Department of Health.The 2017 count includes confirmed and probable cases, according to Brad Dalton, a health department spokesman, the Miami Herald reports.This is the largest mumps outbreak in Florida in the past decade, though infection rates have been steadily increasing the past couple of years.In 2016 there were 16 cases and 2015 there were 10 reported cases, meaning 2017 showed a significant increase.Health officials suspect that there are more cases that have gone unreported due to patients experiencing minor to no symptoms.Symptoms typically include swollen glands, puffy cheeks, headaches, fever chills and fatigue and usually appear about two weeks after being infected.Mumps spreads through contact with infected saliva or mucus, commonly from sharing drinks or eating from the same cutlery.Outbreaks in Florida have been reported among those in close settings such as roommates or sports teammates.Treatment for mumps focuses on relieving symptoms until the body’s immune system fights off the infection.There are currently no medications to treat the mumps virus and it typically takes two weeks to fully recover.According to the CDC, the best way to prevent contracting the infection is to receive the MMR vaccination which is effective 88 percent of the time.
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