The exceptional contributions of Drs. Karen Fung-Kee-Fung and Pranesh Chakraborty have helped physicians in an international collaboration successfully treat a fetus with an inherited and often fatal disease for the very first time. The emergence of this new medical treatment means that , is thriving, giggling, and exploring even though she’s diagnosed with infantile-onset Pompe disease, the same devastating disorder that caused the deaths of two of her sisters.
“We feel very privileged and honored to be a part of this international collaboration to help make this first-in-the-world treatment a reality,” says Dr. , professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine and the Bashir family’s maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Ottawa Hospital.
Dr. , a Faculty associate professor who is a pediatrician and metabolic geneticist at CHEO and co-lead of the case study, agreed. "This treatment is very promising, and I am so happy for Ayla and her family,” said Chakraborty, who is also a researcher at the and has provided care to Ayla’s family for years.
In her father Zahid Bashir’s words: “We're quite aware that she's a miracle.”
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