Parents in Maryland are Advocating for Krabbe Disease Screening for Newborns

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A couple in Maryland is pushing to change state law to include Krabbe disease in screening for newborns, according to WJLA ABC 7. If implemented, Maryland would join four other states that currently test for Krabbe, and six diseases total would be screened if the law is changed, at an additional $4 or $6 per newborn. The parents at the forefront of this effort are Kathleen and Ben Smith, who were directly affected by Krabbe after their daughter was diagnosed with the disease.

“We feel that adding Krabbe to newborn screening in the state of Maryland could potentially save lives,” Kathleen told WJLA. “We want her life to have changed something in Maryland and even nationwide.”

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