Connecticut is now the second state in the country to test newborns for Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD.
The potentially deadly disease causes brain function to decline, eventually leaving a person in a vegetative state.
However, if caught early, there are life-saving treatments available.
Jean and Jack Kelly have been fighting for testing of ALD since their son Brian was diagnosed.
Pilot testing began in October, and since then two baby boys have tested positive for ALD.
Tara and Jeremy Meady’s son Brody was one of them.
“If it was not for ALD newborn screening in Connecticut, we would not know until it was too late, and we would be looking at a very different future for our baby,” Tara Meady said.
ALD affects boys, but women are carriers for the gene.
Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 3 and 7 years old.
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