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Brandon Thoene, left, and Morgan, right, sit with their son Levi sit up during a visit to his doctor at Children's Hospital on Friday, October 18, 2019. Levi, who has spinal muscular atrophy, a month ago received a new gene therapy called Zolgensma and has been recently able to sit up on his own for the first time.

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Dr. Geetanjali Rathore examines Levi Thoene just before his second birthday at Children’s Hospital on Friday, October 18, 2019. Thoene has spinal muscular atrophy and recently received a new gene therapy called Zolgensma.

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Brandon Thoene, left, fist-bumps his son Levi during a visit to his doctor at Children’s Hospital on Friday, October 18, 2019. Levi, who has spinal muscular atrophy, a month ago received a new gene therapy called Zolgensma and has been recently able to sit up on his own for the first time.

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Morgan Thoene, left, comforts her son Levi during a visit to his doctor at Children's Hospital on Friday, October 18, 2019. Levi, who has spinal muscular atrophy, a month ago received a new gene therapy called Zolgensma and has been recently able to sit up on his own for the first time.

Julie Anderson is a medical reporter for The World-Herald. She covers health care and health care trends and developments, including hospitals, research and treatments. Follow her on Twitter @JulieAnderson41. Phone: 402-444-1066.

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