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Baby with rare skin disorder heading back to CNY

After weeks in a Cincinnati hospital, Easton Friedel is finally coming home to Auburn. The 3-month-old was born with a rare disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB.
AUBURN, NY (WSYR-TV) - After weeks in a Cincinnati hospital, baby Easton is finally coming home to Auburn.

3-month-old Easton Friedel was born with a rare disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB. It causes skin to become extremely fragile and blisters with the slightest touch.

Easton has been battling EB in specialized care at a hospital in Cincinnati since August.

Speaking to NewsChannel 9 by phone on Saturday night, Easton’s aunt, Sara Denatteo, expects Easton to return home on Friday.

Denatteo said he is showing major signs of improvement after his extended hospital stay in the hospital. He just has to make it through the next few days without any major health scares.

"We're still cautiously optimistic. The biggest concern is infection, so we have to make sure he stays healthy up to the day he will be released,” said Denatteo.

Baby Easton had successful skin grafts on his legs this past Friday and hasn't had an infection.

During his hospital stay, Easton’s Auburn home was revamped to better meet his health needs. When he gets back, he'll have care around the clock but will still travel to Cincinnati as his condition improves.

"Easton will go back to Cincinnati once every three months for the first year and then every six months after that and we hope and pray he stays healthy and can grow,” said Denatteo.

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