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Breathing Free Again

Michael Stanzione became the first person with Pompe disease in the world to receive a diaphragm pacing system, enabling him to breathe freely for the first time in four years. UF surgeons implanted the system, allowing Stanzione to resume a fulfilling life at home instead of in the hospital room.

New Therapy for Pompe Disease

The first commercially available treatment in the United States for patients with late-onset Pompe disease was administered Wednesday, June 16, at the University of Florida. Pompe disease is a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has been the focus of a research program at UF for more than 10…