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Little Antonis needs help to overcome a very rare disease

August 17, 2019 at 12:36pm
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When he was five months old, Antonis was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1, a rare degenerative disease. Now, 22-month-old Antonis needs help to raise money for an expensive revolutionary treatment in the US which will give him hope for a normal life.

The problem is that the treatment is applied to children up to the age of two, which gives Antonis very little time, and it costs almost 2 million euros.

After obtaining permission from the Interior Ministry, Antoni’s family and friends are trying to raise money for his treatment. If you want to help, donate in the following accounts:

Bank of Cyprus
Beneficiary: THOMA CHAR. GIA LOG. ANTONI ANDREOU
Account No: 357032169908
IBAN : CY10 0020 0195 0000 3570 3216 9908
BIC/SWIFT: BCYPCY2N

Hellenic Bank
Beneficiary: THOMA CHARALAMBIA FOR ANDREOU ANTON
Account No: 1051087619801
IBAN : CY44 0050 0105 0001 0510 8761 9801
BIC/SWIFT: HEBACY2N

What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disorder characterized by weakness and wasting (atrophy) in muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles). It is caused by a loss of specialized nerve cells, called motor neurons that control muscle movement. The weakness tends to be more severe in the muscles that are close to the center of the body (proximal) compared to muscles away from the body’s center (distal). The muscle weakness usually worsens with age. There are many types of spinal muscular atrophy that are caused by changes in the same genes. The types differ in age of onset and severity of muscle weakness.

Type 1

Spinal muscular atrophy type 1 (also called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease) is the most common form of the condition. It is a severe form of the disorder with muscle weakness evident at birth or within the first few months of life. Most affected children cannot control their head movements or sit unassisted. Children with this type may have swallowing problems that can lead to difficulty feeding and poor growth. They can also have breathing problems due to weakness of respiratory muscles and an abnormally bell-shaped chest that prevents the lungs from fully expanding. Most children with spinal muscular atrophy type I do not survive past early childhood due to respiratory failure.