WABC Eyewitness News: New Jersey Community Rallies Around 2-year-old with Rare Blood Disorder

April 28, 2015 11:21 AM

A community in New Jersey is coming together to help a little boy who battles a very rare blood disorder. Two-year-old A.J. Vigliotti has a rare genetic blood disorder called Cooley's Anemia. Since his little body isn't able to make viable red blood cells, the condition could lead to life-threatening complications. As a result, A.J. has a blood transfusion every month at HackensackUMC. Frances Flug, M.D., of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at HackensackUMC says with enough research, the hope is that something like gene therapy can treat patients with thalassemia.

 

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