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HR Minister: State-Funded SMA Treatment Available to All in Hungary

Tamás Vaski 2021.06.10.

Zolgensma Treatment for children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is now free, Hungary’s Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler announced on Facebook.

According to the minister’s announcement, Lilike will be the first child in Hungary to be treated with the gene-therapeutic Zolgensma treatment, which can dramatically improve their quality of life.

State Funds SMA-Afflicted Child's Treatment for First Time
State Funds SMA-Afflicted Child's Treatment for First Time

Hungary’s National Health Insurance Fund (NEAK) has made its first decision to fund a child’s Zolgensma treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). No longer will Lilike’s parents need to ask for donations for the 700-million-forint (EUR 2 million) treatment. Lilike is the first child to have their SMA treatment funded by the Hungarian government. Previously, […]Continue reading

Spinal muscular atrophy is a rare neuromuscular disorder caused by a mutated survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, which results in the loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting. It can lead to poor head control, difficulty swallowing, scoliosis, and joint contractures.

Zolgensma, marketed by Novartis Gene Therapies, is a therapy which replaces the missing gene with a working copy, essentially bringing it back to working order. Infants who are treated with Zolgensma as soon as possible after their diagnosis are more likely to have better results than those who receive treatment later.

The fact that the Hungarian government will be funding the treatment is excellent news for those parents in Hungary whose children are diagnosed with SMA, since the treatment can cost over 700-million-forint (EUR 2 million).

Family Succesfully Raises HUF 730 Million for Treatment of SMA Toddler Zsombor
Family Succesfully Raises HUF 730 Million for Treatment of SMA Toddler Zsombor

The fundraising for Zsombor, who suffers from SMA-1, a rare and extremely dangerous genetic disease, concluded successfully on Wednesday. The family managed to raise HUF 730 million (EUR 2 m) for the toddler’s shockingly expensive medication so he has a chance to live a happy and full life. Zsombi’s mother shared the news on the […]Continue reading

Parents have previously needed to take to the internet to ask for help in raising money for their children’s treatment, but thankfully this is no longer the case.

Featured photo via Lilike SMA1 Facebook page