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The Boy Who Can Never Grow Old

The Duchenne muscular syndrome is a recessive disorder that results in muscle degeneration to the point of eventual death. This disorder is caused when the dystrophin gene, the largest gene in the human X chromosome, is mutated. When the gene is mutated, its ability to code for the protein dystrophin, which is an important structural component of the muscle tissue, is also affected. While both the male and the female have the capacity to carry the mutation, males are more common to exhibit the signs of the disease.

1 out of 3,600 boys get diagnosed with this disease and the symptoms would generally start to appear around infancy or before the child reaches the age of 6. But even before the first exhibition of symptoms, diagnosis can be made through laboratory testing.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a documentary film that focuses on the amazing and inspirational story of Stuart Wickison who is one of those few boys diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The film follows Stuart and the many obstacles he faces because of his condition. We get to witness his strength to go on living life even if the odds aren’t so much in his favor.

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