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Cystic Fibrosis Breakthrough

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Like most 8th graders in Amarillo, Colby Salehi is enjoying everyday of his summer vacation. But unlike most 8th graders in Amarillo, Colby has Cystic Fibrosis. A lung disease that requires constant treatment.

"Breathing treatments everyday. 2 to 3 times a day and if they get sick it has to be done every 3 to 4 hours," says Colby's mother Lawana.

 Which was a daunting thought for her when he was born. "Very scary thought at first."

But over the last decade Cystic Fibrosis research has helped to advance treatments at a very fast pace. "We took a disease that was uniformly fatal to age ten and we now have people living up to age 60."

Colby's pulmonologist Dr. Paul Nolan see's the crippling effects of CF on a regular basis. But he says a new drug to be tested by the FDA could change that forever.

"It's a switch that turns on the very thing that has been turned off that causes all the disease manifestations that we see with cystic fibrosis," Dr. Nolan says.

Something that if approved for use could not only give parent's a piece of mind. But it could also saves lives.

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