Madi Vanstone wins battle to have life-saving drug covered by province

Madi Vanstone, 12, has cystic fibrosis.

Madi Vanstone, 12, has cystic fibrosis.

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

TORONTO -- Little Madi Vanstone is jumping for joy.

Health Ministry officials phoned her mom, Beth, Friday to let the family know the wonder drug Madi desperately needs to stay alive will finally be funded by Ontario's provincial health plan.

"Madi's over the moon," Beth said Friday.

And the first question the 12-year-old asked was if every other CF patient in the province would be covered -- and was delighted to hear they will be.

Madi has cystic fibrosis, a disease that's scarring her lungs.

A new wonder drug, Kalydeco, was allowing her to live a normal life.

Without Kalydeco, Madi would need a lung transplant by her mid-teens -- and that would only buy her a few more years.

With it, her lung capacity has improved dramatically.

Kalydeco costs $348,000 a year -- and it wasn't covered by OHIP.


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