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Toddler with Rare Bone Disease Survives

Daniel Wallace
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

 A St. Petersburg couple who lost two sons to a genetic bone disease called Jeune syndrome and expected to lose their third now have brought him home after 8 ½ months at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. There, he underwent pioneering surgery to implant metal rib separators that have enabled his lungs to grow, giving him a shot at living to adulthood, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

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