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Posted on May 21, 2015 by

Woman Misdiagnosed 30 Years Ago Get a New Lease on Life

When your doctor tells you that you have any of a number of diseases that might be on your ‘worst case scenario’ list, you’re stunned to hear the news. After the initial shock, you have to figure out a different way to live, adjusting to life with whatever you’ve been diagnosed with. That’s what most people do; they don’t question what doctors have to say because they know best. reports that when Jean Abbott was eight, thirty years ago, she was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. She began to live life with cerebral palsy, which, she says, was not easy, but she did not let it stop her from living. She got married and had two children. The disease made it difficult for her to do even simple things, like play with her children. However, in her late twenties, Jean saw a doctor who questioned that diagnosis.

A specialist found that Jean had, in fact, been misdiagnosed as a child. What she had was a rare genetic disorder called dopa-responsive dystonia, which is easily controlled by taking one pill a day. Jean is now able to walk freely, play with her children and looks forward to doing the things she has previously been unable to do.

If you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed, we, your St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys are here to help. Call us today!