Two-year-old with rare genetic disease flown to France for treatment

A two-year-old-boy with a rare genetic disorder, for whose treatment people donated over 150 million crowns, was flown to France for treatment at the weekend. Martin was diagnosed with a severe form of AADC syndrome, which affects the metabolism of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a very rare genetic disorder with only about 120 confirmed cases worldwide. Previous treatments only alleviated the worst symptoms of the disease, but could not cure it. The treatment is not covered by health insurance and costs the equivalent of 100 million crowns. When news of the case spread on social networks people collected 150 million for the child within days.

The treatment in France is expected to take place at the end of January and will be attended by doctors from Czechia. Martin will remain in hospital for approximately two weeks for observation before coming home.