Reece LoCicero, the 5-year-old La Crescenta Elementary School kindergarten student suffering from an undiagnosed illness, has been accepted into an elite research program at the National Institutes of Health, officials confirmed Friday.
The child and his immediate family members will travel to the center’s Undiagnosed Disease Program in Bethesda, Md. where they will undergo a battery of tests, examinations and consultations in an effort to diagnosis his symptoms, said Dr. Cyndi Tifft, director of the pediatric portion of the program.
“The NIH just has an incredible collection of clinicians who specialize in a number of different things,” Tifft said. “If we think this is a genetic condition, we have some pretty outstanding diagnostic resources, including a new technique called ‘whole exome sequencing.’”