Michael tells doctors why Duchenne kids need effective help

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Larbert youngster Michael Young has reached a critical phase of his campaign this week to allow sufferers of Duchennes disease access to a key drug .

Together with mum and dad Michelle and Justin he and other parents attended what’s reckoned to be a crunch meeting of the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

There the severe impact Duchenne has on those affected – and their family and friends – was spelled out.

Michael (9) captured headlines across the country last month when he appealed directly to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to ask her help in the bid to get sufferers access to the drug Translarna.

He took a heartfelt plea, carefully penned in neat handwriting, direct to the Scottish Parliament.

Yesterday (Wednesday) his mum was among those trying to convince the SMC at a public and clinician engagement meeting - and it’s thought likely a decision will be made in early April.

It’s understood local NHS Trusts will still deal with individual funding requests for the drug – as with a young East Lothian boy who has received funding for six months.

Campaign group Muscular Dystrophy UK has asked local people to back Michael’s campaign any way they can.