Duchenne muscular dystrophy


It is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide. When Pat Furlong's two sons got the diagnosis she began a mission to learn everything she could about Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is announcing what it says could be the biggest breakthrough in muscular dystrophy treatment in years.  A patient at Children's is believed to be the first in the nation with Duchenne  muscular dystrophy to have a device implanted to help his heart pump blood to the body long-term.