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Linthicum boy's disease afflicts fewer than 1 in a million
Linthicum boy's disease afflicts fewer than 1 in a million

Adrianne Woods strokes her son's forehead. The boy's long lashes drift closed, then flutter open as he shudders with a seizure. "He's tired," Woods says of Xavier, who is almost 6 years old. "He's had a long day at school." Nearby, Xavier's baby sister, Quinn, plays with their father, Anthony Byrd, on the floor of the family's Linthicum home. She rolls over, grabs at candy-colored rings and giggles. Xavier has never rolled over, or crawled, or walked. He will never run into his parents' arms or call their names. He cannot see. That he smiles at his parents' voices and attends kindergarten is something of a miracle, his parents...

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