Outlook for Utah Toddler Looks Promising After Receiving Gene Therapy

Sep 02, 2020 12:00 PM

Author: Center for Genomic Medicine

Cinch Wight
Cinch Wight was one of the first to receive gene therapy for the lethal condition, spinal muscular atrophy.
Cinch Wight was born with a lethal genetic condition, spinal muscular atrophy, that causes muscles to stop working in the first weeks and years of life. Within weeks after birth, he received a new treatment from U of U Health pediatrician and Center for Genomic Medicine investigator Russell Butterfield, MD, at the Primary Children's Center for Personalized Medicine. Zolgensma replaces a defective gene that causes the disease. Now a toddler, Cinch is walking and his outlook is promising. KSL-TV covered the story. Watch here.