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The Garrido Family

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Raúl

Raúl fights for his son by raising cyclodextrin awareness in Spain.

Salud

Salud, Raúl's mom, cares for him in his struggle to function with NPC.

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Raúl

Raúl began showing symptoms of NPC when he was 8 years old, and he started using cyclodextrin in October 2013.

Iván

Iván, Raúl's younger brother, does not have NPC, nor does he carry the disease. He fights alongside his brother as Raúl struggles with NPC.

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Niemann-Pick Type C

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Symptoms

"Until he was eight years old, he was a normal child. Then, we noticed something was wrong: he could no longer add numbers...it was like we were going backwards."

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Cyclodextrin

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Using Cyclodextrin

"In February we were told that we could continue [intrathecal injection], or he could have a little surgery done to put an Ommaya reservoir in his brain."

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Results

Parents

Within four days of receiving his first dose of cyclodextrin, Raúl regained a significant amount of coordination.

Raúl

Raúl notices that he's doing better, thanks to cyclodextrin.

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Pursuing Cyclodextrin

"It took us a year and a half to get cyclo...right now, patients diagnosed with Niemann-Pick have only one option: cyclo."