WELLNESS
07/18/2013 03:36 pm ET Updated Sep 17, 2013

Kickstarting A Cure For Rare Diseases

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The geneticist called it a one-in-three-billion chance.

Just one. Out of three billion. Take a plane to Asia--absolutely anywhere in Asia--and randomly point to the first person you see. Is it Kim Jong-un, the fade-hairdoed leader of North Korea? Yes? Well, you've just beaten the odds we're talking about here.

But that's all the likelihood it took for Robert Stone--the only never-in-a-million-years, statistical screw-you that Robert's body needed to land him in a wheelchair and cause legions of medical know-it-alls to scratch their heads in wonder for thirteen long and painful years.

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