Otago researchers solve Dunedin child's eight years of unnecessary chemotherapy mystery
Otago researchers have solved a decades-long mystery - that saw a Dunedin child undergo eight years of unnecessary chemotherapy
22 October 2021
The child was initially diagnosed as having the rarest leukaemia in the world.
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But the new proven diagnosis is actually a rare gene mutation - with the case being only one of 20 in the world.
The child Ray McCormick is now 58 and still living in Dunedin - and is the oldest in the world to carry the mutation.
He's carrying a rare gene that super-charges the growth of B lymphocytes.
McCormick says he's sad and a little angry he underwent so many years of unnecessary treatment - but he's grateful to have it solved.