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Tick Bite Leaves 6-Year-Old Boy Partially Paralyzed And Suffering From Extensive Brain Damage

A mother has spent more than a year struggling to come to terms with her son’s terrifying battle with Lyme Disease. Now, the mother in question, Amy Mitchell, is opening up about the tragic experience, warning other parents to be vigilant about the causes and signs of the potentially fatal disease.

Specifically, Lyme Disease – a dangerous infection that occurs when ticks bite you and transmit ‘Borrelia’ type bacteria – has left Ms. Mitchell’s 6-year-old son, Adam, with brain damage and partial paralysis. When Ms. Mitchell noticed her son acting strangely, she took him to the doctors.

However, the doctors made no attempt to test Adam for Lyme Disease, telling the young mother that the boy was suffering from a simple viral infection.

By the time doctors realized their mistake, it was too late and Adam – whose condition caused him to contract meningitis – had permanent brain damage. Because of mistakes from doctors, Adam’s life has been irrevocably changed. T

he young boy can no longer swallow food properly and has difficulty blinking rapidly. To make matters worse, Ms. Mitchell’s son has enormous trouble learning and regularly suffers from incontinence.

“This year has been pretty rotten and heartbreaking,” said Ms. Mitchell in an interview with AWM. “We could’ve lost Adam, and that’s the frightening thing. We want to tell his story even if just to warn other mums to keep going back to the doctor if they feel something isn’t quite right.”

Ms. Mitchell first noticed the change in her son when he started returning home from school with no energy. “He was just really lackluster,” recalled Ms. Mitchell. “He was getting off the school bus with his shoulders slumped and then coming straight home and lying on the sofa under a blanket every night.

His wee brother was trying to play with him, but there was just nothing in him. It was almost like he was depressed. We phoned the school. We thought he might be getting bullied.”

Several days after, Adam’s concerned parents received a phone call from their son’s school. The Mitchell parents were horrified to find out that their son had been taken from school to the hospital after teachers noticed his face drooping.

“He looked like a stroke patient,” revealed Ms. Mitchell. “He had a fever. I phoned the surgery. They said a doctor would phone back. I didn’t want to be told that it was a viral again.”

In order to secure immediate attention for their son, Ms. Mitchell and her husband, Dave, drove the boy to a nearby specialist, requesting a second opinion on his condition. “As soon as the specialist looked at Adam she said ‘Why has nobody taken bloods yet?’” said Ms. Mitchell. “I felt so guilty. I wanted to kick myself for not pushing harder to get them done.”

At this stage, there isn’t much chance that Adam will recover. The best thing that Ms. Mitchell and her husband can do now is love their son and try and make sure other parents don’t have to go through what they have.

“We want to make people aware of what Lyme disease can do…We can’t change what’s happened to Adam, but we can help to raise awareness,” says Ms. Mitchell.

Source: AWM
Photo: Cascade News

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