This medical video focuses on ways and treatments to strengthen brittle bones.
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Jenniffer Mathew: Jimmy Foxx was born with legs but by age 18 he broken them 24 times. Jimmy Foxx: When I try to play basket ball when they throw me the ball it went to my lap and I break my femur and I could see that they were in ankle that I was dragging around. Jenniffer Mathew: Having doctors amputee his legs, actually gave Jimmy the just to do normal things. Jimmy Foxx: When I was a little boy in physical therapy and in whirlpool I broke my leg moving my leg against the motion in the water. You know but within 2 months I have my legs cut off I was at the YMCA we don't have a swim. Jenniffer Mathew: Jimmies disease is called osteogenesis imperfecta or OI it prevents collagen from forming correctly in the body. Eric Orwoll: It's a disease that results in brittle bones so fractures happen much more commonly then they should. Jenniffer Mathew: In mild cases the skeleton looks almost normal but in severe cases fractures can cause deformities and a short in structure. Jan Reeder: I things it's a large population of adult with the OI and there is no treatment. And so we need something for them. Jenniffer Mathew: That something could be a drug called potasio it's a proved for osteoporosis Jimmy gives himself an injection everyday as part of a clinical trial. Eric Orwoll: University process potasio does work by performing new bone and strengthens the bone and reduces fracture. Jenniffer Mathew: This model shows a women hip, before she took potasio this is the same hip after treatment. Because his upper body is so strong Jimmy has and had a break in a while, he hopes the new drug will give him even more strength. This is Jenniffer Mathews reporting.