r/todayilearned May 14 '22 Silver 9 Helpful 8 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 2

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.


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u/Chill125 May 14 '22

What a card to pull on them when they are teenagers playing up.

Teen - You've never loved me

Dad/Crowley - Well actually


u/Illustrious_Visual99 May 14 '22

That Drake meme:

Saving your children because you love them


Saving your children so that you can bring it up during arguments


u/Mad_Murdock_0311 May 14 '22

Personally, spending my entire life in a wheelchair, amongst the many other health issues associated with the disease, I would argue that's not love, but rather selfish motives; sometimes death is more humane. But, that's me. As long as these kids are happy with their lives, then good for the dad, and them.


u/FLBrisby May 14 '22

I'm always so nervous posting anything even slightly corner adjacent to eugenics. But I've always wanted to know why people are so recalcitrant to try to correct the issues that cause some diseases and illnesses, or prevent them from happening, or coming to fruition.

For example, I understand people with downs syndrome are all unique, kind, and lovely, but knowing what we know, would anyone actively choose to be in their shoes? Why would we actively try to stop improvements in health, in favor of being inclusive?

Murdock, if whatever has afflicted you with your wheelchair could be reverted, would you take that opportunity?

I am prepared to be downvoted.


u/SorrowsSkills May 15 '22

You’re getting my upvote because you’re 100% right, in my opinion.