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Woman with cystic fibrosis using 1st-ever drug to treat underlying cause

By Valentina Wilson
Published On: Aug 08 2014 06:26:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 06:27:50 PM CDT

She has a bright smile, a bubbly personality, and a passion for animals.

Kaila Smith, of Jacksonville, has cystic fibrosis. But she's taking part in clinical trials for a drug called Kalydeco -- the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of CF.

NewsChannel 12's Valentina Wilson reports on Kaila's progress. Click on the video player above to watch.

Kaila has been going to the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Telethon in New Bern since she was a baby. To learn more about the telethon, which will be hosted by NewsChannel 12 on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m., CLICK HERE.