Wis. Boy With Rare Disease Healing Well In Minn.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin boy who underwent a stem-cell transplant to strengthen his delicate skin is almost ready to come home from a Minneapolis hospital.

Charlie Knuth of Darboy has a rare skin disease that causes blisters inside and outside his 5-year-old body.

He underwent a transplant Dec. 30. Doctors say the early prognosis is encouraging.

Dr. Jakub Tolar is Charlie’s physician at a University of Minnesota hospital. He says Charlie initially had sores on 90 to 95 percent of his body. He says it’s now down to less than 5 percent.

His mother says the family is grateful for all the support and gifts they’ve received.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton says Charlie still has obstacles to overcome. For example, his devastated immune system will take a year to redevelop.

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