Duke discovers, treats rare childhood disease

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke Children’s Hospital has a new clinic specializing in treating just one rare disease.

Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, or AHC, can cause weakness and even paralysis, and has impact on the heart, cognitive and motor skills.

Duke pediatric neurologist Dr. Mohammad Mikati and genetic researcher Dr. David Goldstein discovered the gene mutation that causes AHC, and a local child is among the first to get treatment.

Jeff and Renee Wuchich took their son Matthew to see many doctors since started to show signs of occasional weakness and paralysis at three months of age. See the whole article and video HERE