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Doctor’s Baffled by Toddler’s Illness

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s an interesting medical story that could benefit from a longer-form article:

Doctors at Medical City Dallas say a bone marrow transplant may be the life-saving cure for a disease they’ve never seen.

Sixteen-month-old Winslet Seoighe was born six weeks premature with a host of health problems.

“Her vital organs were enlarged and shutting down,” said her mother,Tracey Seoighe.

Doctors told her that if she had not delivered Winslet that day, the baby would not have survived.

Winslet was sent home after seven weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. But it was soon clear there was another problem; Winslet could not make her own blood.

She was referred to Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas, where doctors discovered she had a disease they’d never seen before. They are now calling it Winslet’s disease.

Not to make light of the situation, but I want to point out that  you want something named after you for being the first discoverer of it, not the first victim of it. Poor thing, I hope this works.

Dr. Stan Goldmansent Winslet’s blood work to physicians around the world, who were all baffled.

“We think it’s probably a defect in the actual coding of the membrane of the red cell, because her bone marrow has plenty of nice, baby red blood cells in there. They just don’t get out into the blood stream,” he said.

I’m going to chalk this up to legitimately baffling. So…good use of the term.

Source:
Dallas Doctors Baffled by Baby’s Disease

Further Reading:
Children’s Organ Transplant Association (not so much reading as donating, please consider helping out this family)

Baffleometer:
A 10! Really, its a new disease state that stymies experts.

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