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    About a year ago a small american boy, chris smith, then newly born, could not survive on anything but mother's milk.

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    "They took Chris off..."

    "...running down the halls. (laughter)" ( :29)


    John Culea

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    Background: About a year ago a small american boy, chris smith, then newly born, could not survive on anything but mother's milk. Donations came in from all over the u.s. and canada in response to radio and television appeals from parents and doctors in Phoenix.

    The boy survived but did not improve much and seemed listless. Now, doctors at the university of colorado have been trying out a new medicine for the youngster, based on a British medical discovery. Young chris for the last three weeks has been getting three teaspoons a day of CAERRY-FLAVOLED zinc sulphate, Chris's mother says he improved within four hours after the first dose, which he is seen imbibing from a test tube. Now, she says, the boy is running around like a normal child and shouting and playing just like the others his age.

    SYNOPSIS: For two years...thousands of people across the nation have kept track of a little guy in Phoenix, Arizona by the name of Chris Smith.

    A rate skin disease threatened his life...the only treatment that worked...mother's milk.

    How, the final chapter may have been written...it looks as if a cure has been found for Chris.

    John Culoa of station KTAR in Thoenix, has followed the story...here's his report.

    This was Chris Smith about a year ago...without mother's milk, his face would break into a rash, and eventually his intestines would be eaten away.

    This photograph shows what can happen.

    Help from Arizona kept Chris alive...and when the story was televised nationally, donations of milk came from just about every State and Canada. A news crew from Salt Lake City brought this shipment... Arizona Congressman John Conlan cut red tape to bring this donated milk.

    Three weeks ago, doctors at the University of Colorado Medical School asked that Chris be brought to them for tests. Using a treatment discovered in England, they found the little guy needed Zinc Sulphate.

    Doctors still have no clue as to what causes his ailment. A three-year-supply of frozen mother's milk will be given to a milk bank in Chris' name.

    From now on, it's three teaspoons of medicine each day.

    Among the many things his parents are thankful for...is the fact their two-and-a-half-year-old son likes the cherry-flavored zinc.

    John Culea, in Phoenix.

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