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Abigail's Story - Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Abigail's Story

When I was 17 years old I was transferred to Doernbecher's ICU after being in another hospital for 2 days. I was transferred because my doctors didn't have any idea what was causing me to be so sick. They ran every test possible, even a spinal tap, but no results came up. When I was admitted into Doernbecher's ICU, I received even more tests and still, nothing came up. MY condition was steadily getting worse. My fever spiked above 106 degrees, my right lung began to collapse, I developed a heart murmur and I was comatose for most of the time. I was given a team of 8 doctors, none of which knew what has happening to me. After days of suffering, we were finally sent an Infectious Disease Specialist. She looked over my case and instantly recognized what was causing my illness... Lemierre's Syndrome. She had seen it once before and was able to cure it. She immediately gave me the only know antibiotic to kill it. Within the next 12 hours I was 50% better. My doctor told me that what I had was cause by a bacteria in my throat that is completely harmless. unless it gets into my blood stream. If it does that, then it becomes poisonous, and slowly kills your body, organ by organ. Mine started in kidneys, then moved to my liver, lungs and it was headed to my brain. Thankfully, we caught it in time to stop the infection and stop any brain absences. The disease I had is a 1 in a million condition that kills 9 out of 10 people that get it. I am now 20 years old and I am as strong as I've ever been. I don't live in fear or pity of what I had, but now I try to spread the word of Lemierre's Syndrome so people become more aware.

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