The North Carolina Chapter of March of Dimes announces the introduction of legislation aimed at detecting Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in infants. The Baby Carlie Nugent Bill/House Bill 698 sponsored by Representative Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg), Representative Donny Lambeth (Forsyth) and Representative Gale Adcock (Wake) will add SCID testing to the state newborn screening panel.
SCID is a defect in which a baby is born without an immune system, thus causing the most common of ailments and vaccinations to be life threatening as the baby’s body cannot defend itself.
“Delayed diagnosis of SCID not only has a devastating consequence on the affected infant but also on the family. Without the proper treatment, these infants die from infection before their first birthday,” said Dr. Rebecca Buckley, Pediatric Immunologist and SCID Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist at Duke University. “Many times these infants are seen by multiple physicians before the diagnosis is even considered, because the patient appears outwardly normal and SCID is thought to be very rare. The family of course is frustrated and devastated while watching their infant’s health worsen before their eyes.”