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Shay and Willy Maxwell didn’t know that alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency was in their genes. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a disease that often affects the liver and/or lungs. There were no signs of the disease in their lives and no history of the disease anywhere along the family tree. But it’s a genetic disease that struck their son, Gavin, and was diagnosed when the boy was 1.

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