PA Live! (WBRE) — One boy is thriving following treatment with a gene therapy after receiving an early diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, a rare genetic disease that can be treated.

His mother and father, Hanna and Jim Weaver, joined PA live! to share their story and reiterate the importance of early detection.

Doctor Sandra Reyna was also on PA live! to give some advice on how parents can keep their eyes open for symptoms of SMA.

The warning signs that parents can look out for SMA can be low muscle tone, difficulty breathing or feeding.

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