A NOMID Drug Changed This Little Girl’s Life

Say it with me: “NOH-mid”

(or if you prefer, Neonatal-Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease…)

Kayla as a baby Source: NIH
Kayla as a baby
Source: NIH

“NOMID…is a rare disease that is often fatal. This video tells the story of Kayla Martínez, who was diagnosed with NOMID as a baby. It also tells the story of a treatment for NOMID that was discovered by Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.”

NOMID belongs to a family of conditions known as Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes, or CAPS. They are caused by a mutation in the NLRP-3 gene.

Kayla with her mother Source: NIHKayla did well with her treatment; growing to be an active and vivacious child. Her prognosis is promising and, though she’s dealt with numerous complications from the disease such as eye inflammation, aseptic meningitis and rashes in her past,  she hasn’t let it keep her down.

(Original Featured Image Source: tannerfriedman.com)

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