16. Rare Conditions With Children Are Heartbreaking To Deal With
It can be heartbreaking when a child gets sick, and you don’t know what to do about it. When it’s a rare condition you’ve never heard of, then it can be even more confusing as to what you should do. Going to the doctor is always the best advice, but sometimes, a case may even stump a doctor if they’ve never seen anything like it before. the_shven tells the story of such a case, and it took a call from a family member to help solve the problem. Hopefully, it is something with a cure or, at least, treatment. And something you can learn more about, to help other families.
“Had an 18mo kiddo came into the hospital with fevers, grey skin tone, huge spleen, and liver. The baby was born in the US, but the family went back to Azerbaijan for 4mo when she was 4mo old. She’s only had her 2mo vaccines. While I’m chatting with the family, trying to figure out what we’re missing, they get a call from GMA back in Azerbaijan. She tells the family, “tell the Drs she sounds like a sickness we see here called Leishmaniasis.” Scan through the bone marrow, and […] you can see 10-15 of the little devils. Sent the sample off to CDC for confirmation, but it was classic visceral leishmaniasis.”