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Lincoln Avery DeLuna, 3, plays with a mirror on Nov. 6, 2017. DeLuna has X-linked myotubular myopathy, a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]
Lincoln Avery DeLuna, 3, plays with a mirror on Nov. 6, 2017. DeLuna has X-linked myotubular myopathy, a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder. [LARA CERRI | Times]
Published Jan. 17, 2019

A Tampa boy was born unable to breathe or swallow, doomed to die. But across the country, researchers were fixing floppy dogs with the same condition. Could his parents keep him alive long enough for science to come up with a cure?

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