abouT The Film

Life & Atrophy follows the journey of a family to find an experimental treatment for their son after he is diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This disease impacts 1 in every 10,000 births and is the leading cause of genetic death in infants by causing progressive muscle weakness. Once children are diagnosed with the condition families are told to go home and love their children because there is no treatment and no cure. The McIntosh family fights to find an experimental treatment for their son Miles in an effort to save him from this debilitating condition.

Long years of research have lead to promising clinical trials that might prove effective in combating SMA, giving families and patients hope. Families, scientists, and pharmaceutical companies work together to fix the genetic fate of SMA and provide life, hope, and strength to those affected by the condition. The families of SMA exemplify the fortitude of human strength and compassion, where together we can break out of our genetic shackles.