(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A five-month-old local boy is currently fighting a rare life threatening disease.
And tonight, doctors say he may not live to see his second birthday.

But the parents of baby Russell Cruzan III tell Newschannel 3 that they’re fighting to save his life.

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Baby Russell has Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome.


This is the same disease that just claimed the life of Charlie Gard, who made international headlines out of London.

Russell’s parents tell me they’re hopeful experimental treatments could save their baby.

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