ANCHOR LEAD: One rare lung disease known as pulmonary arterial hypertension affects approximately 200,000 people worldwide. Some of those are children and young adults who need a new way to understand the condition. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Pulmonary arterial hypertension or PAH is a life-threatening lung condition that worsens over time. Sean Wyman was diagnosed with the disease twelve years ago when he was 19.
CUT: (Wyman) I was having difficulty walking down the street. I'd get short of breath, and in a couple of instances, I actually passed out. And during that time, my lips had turned blue because I wasn't getting enough oxygen.
SCRIPT: Since his diagnosis, Sean has been defying the odds...
CUT: (Wyman) They told me I wouldn't be able to work or go to school. Now, I'm a second year medical student, I'm also engaged and I've got two daughters as well.
SCRIPT: And he's helping younger PAH patients understand this rare disease with a web cartoon series… appropriately titled Lips Painted Blue.
CUT: (Wyman) I came up with a cartoon series that explains everything to them in a way that they can understand and also inspire them to live life to the fullest.
SCRIPT: And that's a realistic dream, Dr. Victor Tapson of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
CUT: (Dr. Tapson) The good news is we now have 12 FDA approved medications to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.
SCRIPT: For more, go to LipsPaintedBlue.com. That's Newsbreak from Gilead Sciences.
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