Madurai gets India’s first gene exon skipping for muscular dystrophy

Chennai: In what is claimed as the first ever instance in India, ‘Gene exon skipping therapy’ has been delivered to a 10-year-old in Madurai who was suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

He became the first patient in India, and 27th in the world to receive this advanced treatment. He was diagnosed with the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was 3.5 years old.

This is so far the most advanced and definitive treatment for DMD, it is said.

Dr K Raghavan of Kenmax Multispeciality Hospital delivered the Vyondys 53, post which the team of neuro rehab therapists from Jogo Health is providing digital neuro rehab therapy to evaluate and aid functional recovery of the child.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder, where an enzyme called Dystrophin is not secreted in the body. This condition affects mostly male children, and they typically live only until 35 years and succumb to muscle wasting.