RENO, Nev. (AP) — The parents of a Reno teenager suffering from the same rare genetic disorder that killed his brother five years ago say the government shutdown has jeopardized plans for a bone marrow transplant they fear is needed to save his life.
George and Marcheta Trowbridge arranged for their 17-year-old-son Austin's transplant next month as part of a clinical trial with the National Institutes of Health.
But they say the operation is in limbo because of the congressional budget battle that has forced NIH to put a hold on most new trials.
George Trowbridge told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/n5devld ) it's a helpless feeling to worry about his son while politicians act like children.
Left untreated, Austin's genetic mutation will eventually lead to bone marrow failure as it did with his brother.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com