State: North Carolina
Facility: Presbyterian Hemby
We have chose Sean as Presbyterian’s Hero of the Month for June. Sean is a 13 year old boy that came in the hospital through the Pediatric ED. After seeing his primary doctor he continued to have a 10-12 day history of dizziness, nausea, and difficulty with balance and standing. Sean had difficulty maintaining a steady posture, when standing he would feel as though the room was spinning. He was admitted to the hospital with a poor appetite, dizziness, and lower back pain. His left leg would not bend easily and when he walked and he could not flex his left elbow. Sean had a MRI/MRA, a Lumbar Puncture, and a CT Scan. The MRI/MRA showed scattered lesions in the cerebellum consistent with a possible demyelinating disorder. He was diagnosed with ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This is a form of encephalitis that commonly develops after an acute viral infection as an immune attack on the myelin tissue of the nervous system. Sean has received IV steroids, IV nausea meds, and IV pain meds. He has had a very limited activity level, but as his condition improves Sean is able to get up and walk around. Once he is discharged he will follow up with Neurology.
While in the hospital, Sean’s favorite things are playing video games, talking to the nurses, and spending time with his dad. When he goes home Sean is looking forward to going outside, hanging out with friends, and seeing his animals.