Boy Becomes First Person Born With 'Extra' Strand Of DNA
Apr 12, 2011 17:44
Little Alfie Clamp is one in seven billion, as the British toddler has become the first person in the world to be born with an extra strand in his DNA. The condition so rare that even doctors don't know its name. The two year old was born with a seventh chromosome which has an 'extra arm'.
Doctors discovered the extremely rare condition when Alfie, who was born blind and with severe disabilities, was just six weeks old. And that's not the only problems little Alfie faces. The little boy also digestive problems, needs drugs to help his body
absorb nutrients and suffers fits sparked by high temperatures and
metabolic problems. In his short life, he has been rushed to hospital a total of six times.
His parents, Gemma and Richard, and doctors have no idea what his life expectancy will be or whether his condition will even improve.