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West County: Jessup boy struggles with lung disease; his family struggles with bills

West County: Jessup boy struggles with lung disease; his family struggles with bills

Mason Roberts has never been healthy. The 11-year-old Jessup boy lives with primary ciliary dyskinesia, a lung disease for which there is no known cure. He is selective about revealing his condition to friends or classmates. "I try to keep it a secret," he said. Because he often does not appear sick, other children do not understand why he has a feeding tube, or why he sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around. Mason also has had to deal with students bullying him for wearing a medical mask that protects him from airborne illnesses. "Sadly," he confessed, "I'm used to it." His mother, Elaine Roberts, had a normal, healthy pregnancy with her son, but...

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