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Emirati girl with spinal muscular atrophy takes her first few steps at Abu Dhabi long-term care hospital – Gulf News

Thursday, 24 February, 2022

Emirati girl with spinal muscular atrophy takes her first few steps at Abu Dhabi long-term care hospital – Gulf News

A therapist works with Ali, 6, and helps him communicate with visitors to Salma Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Ali has spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disease.

 
A two-year-old Emirati girl who last year received an advanced gene replacement therapy to treat her spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has recently taken her first few steps in the capital.
Afra is one of a number of children in the UAE who is benefiting from a raft of new and comprehensive treatments to treat SMA, a progressive and debilitating neuromuscular disease that can be fatal if untreated.
Improving condition
Under treatment at Salma Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, a long-term post-acute care facility in the network of public health provider, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), Afra has even taken a few sips of water already. Her caregivers are now confident that she will continue to improve with the correct interventions.
Read more at: https://gulfnews.com/uae/health/emirati-girl-with-spinal-muscular-atrophy-takes-her-first-few-steps-at-abu-dhabi-long-term-care-hospital-1.85925654

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