Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mysterious illness diagnosed as mitochondrial disease

Family improves health of ailing children with hyperbaric chamber

By CLARE HOWARD Journal Star, Jan 14, 2011:

By the time Scott and Gerri Williams brought their two young children to see Dr. Zahangir Khaled at his Methodist Medical Group Pediatric Gastroenterology practice in 2007, their lives were unraveling rapidly.

Khaled was the fourth GI doctor the family had seen.

"Austin and Sydney had been typical, non-complicated pregnancies. But when Austin was 1 year old, he started regressing," said Gerri Williams.

She left her job as a registered nurse to care full time for their children, who were sick for long periods of time and regressing physically and academically. The family saw doctor after doctor trying to get a diagnosis for their mysterious illnesses.

Today, Austin, 10, and Sydney, 8, are different children with an optimistic prognosis. Khaled is hoping their remarkable improvement can influence medical practice in the future. Read more>>

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