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Marshfield Clinic offers hope for patients with rare disease

7:01 PM, Jul. 15, 2013
Sabrina Parker, 16, from Oklahoma City, smiles Friday as she watches her mother, Monique Lamb, play a funny video on their iPad at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. Sabrina has Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a rare disease that effects 2,500 people in the United States. The Marshfield Clinic has brought together six families who are living with the rare disease.
Sabrina Parker, 16, from Oklahoma City, smiles Friday as she watches her mother, Monique Lamb, play a funny video on their iPad at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. Sabrina has Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a rare disease that effects 2,500 people in the United States. The Marshfield Clinic has brought together six families who are living with the rare disease.
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After years of trying to understand their son Everett's health problems, Bill and Bonnie Alms, of Hudson, left Marshfield Clinic on Friday with hope Everett can lead a longer, more comfortable life.

Everett, 7, was diagnosed in August 2011 with Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a rare genetic disease that affects fewer than 2,500 people in the U.S.

He was one of six patients who spent three days at Marshfield Clinic last week undergoing tests and meeting with specialty physicians in hopes of finding better treatments for BBS. ...

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