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Laois GAA family launch virtual fundraiser for million-dollar treatment for their young son


Former Laois footballers Niall and Aisling Donoher have launched a virtual fundraiser for new treatment for a condition their son Dan has, which was previously unavailable. Dan was born on March 28 last year and was diagnosed with a severe type 1 SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) condition on December 6. The condition is an extremely rare and progressive illness, damaging the muscles used for swallowing, speaking and breathing along with requiring ventilator support. Up until recently, there was no cure. However, a groundbreaking treatment called Zolgensma has now become available in America which costs $2.125m (€1,946m), making it the most expensive treatment in the world.

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