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Brothers battle genetic disease

Tre Johnson, 2, left, and his brother Bryson, 1, from Sweetwater, Tenn., play in the kids courtyard Wednesday at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., before they go to have blood drawn in the lab. Photo by Doug Strickland. Tre Johnson, 2, left, and his brother Bryson, 1, from Sweetwater, Tenn., play in the kids courtyard Wednesday at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., before they go to have blood drawn in the lab. Photo by Doug Strickland.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Chattanooga family is fighting a rare and life-threatening disease that has affected two brothers.

Chattanooga Times Free Press that 2-year-old Tre Johnson and 1-year-old Bryson Johnson are among only 150 to 200 people who have documented cases of IPEX syndrome.

The boys' pediatrician says the disease causes their immune systems to attack their bodies instead of offering protection. There can be a multitude of symptoms including diabetes, thyroid disease and skin conditions.

Their mother, Jasmine Latham, says their only chance for recovery is a bone marrow transplant and she hopes they both will be able to get one.

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