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Simple test at birth saves baby from ravaging disease

Simple test at birth saves baby from ravaging disease

Source: KOMO News

Two babies in our state were born with an immune system disorder, within months of each other. One died after simply catching a cold. The other is thriving today, thanks to a simple difference. He was born after state-mandated testing for the disease. With early detection, doctors were able to save his life. The ordeal started mysteriously for the baby's parents. When Ezra Dixon made his debut on April 7, 2014, he seemed perfect. But as the Dixons celebrated, a tiny drop of Ezra's blood was in a lab, undergoing the newborn screening test every child in the state receives.

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