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Gavriel’s Story: Helping Future Generations


When Gavriel was around three he started waking up with severe leg cramps. Doctors didn’t know what it was and thought it might just be growth pains. Gavriel learnt to walk ok and met all his milestones but we decided to get it checked out and were referred to a developmental physiotherapist. She noticed that Gavriel had very large calf muscles which is a classic sign of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

We were referred for lots of tests and when they had the results the doctor called and asked us to come in to see her. I’ll never forget the meeting. It was a short time after that Gavriel was diagnosed with DMD. He was about four and back then the only treatment available was steroids. Other than that there was very little that could be done.