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Boy’s rare disease means he’ll lose ability to walk, talk

A 3-year-old boy from Scotland suffers from a rare disease that will eventually rob him of his ability to walk and talk, The Daily Record reported.

Blake McMillan of Longforgan, Perthshire, has MeCP2 duplication syndrome. The condition is so rare that only 120 cases in 36 families have been recorded around the world, according to the newspaper.

The genetic disorder means he will likely start suffering from seizures around the age of 5, which will eventually cause his brain to stop functioning normally.

The condition was discovered in 2005 and has a life expectancy of about 25 years old.

“It won’t happen straight away,” Blake’s mother, Jenny, 36, told the Daily Record. “We’ve been told Blake is likely to gradually regress until he is a baby again.”

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