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Josiah’s fight for life

Josiah’s fight for life

Born with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, a rare immune deficiency disorder, Josiah Madrid has struggled with illnesses and pain for most of his young life. He recently received a bone marrow transplant that his family hopes will help him be healthy and happy.

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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:00 am

Baby Josiah closes his eyes and pushes his soft, hairless head into his mother’s chest, wrapping his chunky legs as far around her waist as they will reach. His hold is tight, clinging for the comfort and security — something he learned is a treasure after his parents traded their life in Lodi for a summer of treatments in the children’s ward at UCSF Medical Center.

With a shy smile, his mother kisses his forehead where his signature buoyant curls once sprouted, before they knew that an immune deficiency was trying to take his life.

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