Social media star who advocates for blind community set to get ‘life-changing’ gene therapy

 

A young Pickering man who has amassed a big social media following for his advocacy for blind people is set to receive a sight-saving gene therapy — the first time the expensive procedure will be covered by OHIP.

Adam Brown was born with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa that significantly hinders his vision and could eventually leave him fully blind. But in a few days, he is set to undergo a one-time treatment that an expert says could prove “life changing.”

The upcoming procedure comes after months of Brown using his social media stardom to push the Ontario government to fund the operation.

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