Deaf baby hears for the first time after U.K. gene therapy trial

LONDON — A little girl born with profound genetic deafness can now hear without help after benefiting from a “groundbreaking” gene therapy trial, Britain’s National Health Service announced Thursday.

Opal Sandy, an 18-month-old girl from Oxfordshire, England, is the first patient treated in a global gene therapy trial showing “stunning” results, Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge said in a statement. communicated. Opal is “the first British patient in the world and the youngest child to receive this type of treatment”, the hospital said.

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