A new Western Medicine birth at the age of four is a miracle for many, including mom-of-four Laura D’Aquino, but not for her newborn son, who suffered from a rare form of the mitochondrial disorder, ME/CFS.
The disease has been on the rise since the end of World War II, with about 1.4 million Americans suffering from the disease in 2014.
D’Aquinio, a mother of three from Pittsburgh, had the mitochondrial disease in 2015 and was told she had only a few months left to live.
The illness has also made it harder for her to get enough blood and oxygen, and the loss of muscle tone has also been difficult.DAMASCUS, SYRIA The Syrian city of Aleppo was the epicenter of the conflict between the government and rebel groups, with over 90,000 civilians killed and nearly a million people displaced, according to the UN.
In late April, Syrian soldiers opened fire on a group of people walking through the Old City, killing at least 15 and wounding many others, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The city is one of several battlegrounds in Syria, where the war has left more than 80,000 people dead and over 8 million displaced.
In November, a United Nations humanitarian envoy told reporters that nearly 4.6 million people in Syria were living in extreme poverty.
The latest numbers for the Syrian crisis have been reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The UN says more than 7.2 million Syrians are still in need of humanitarian assistance.
The government, meanwhile, says it has delivered more than 4.3 million refugees to neighboring countries.