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Teenager Survived Against Doctors' Advice

It is reasonable enough to say that parents often know their kids better than anyone else -- even the experts. One could probably argue that they, in fact, are the experts, especially when it comes to their particular child's health. 

A recent medical case highlights just how true that is. 

LewLew Whayne, a teenage girl, began to have severe and extremely painful spasms in her stomach last December. She would go on to throw up as many as 80 times in a 24-hour span, miss an entire semester of school, and require a feed tube just to get her meals down. As this nausea grew and casual doctor's visits did not reveal a cause, there was no other option than to have her officially diagnosed by a trained medical specialist.

Unfortunately, each specialist would come back with the same assessment: your issue is mental, not physical -- there is nothing wrong with you physically. 

It just made no sense. 

Laura, LewLew's mother, could not stand her daughter being ignored by the doctors. Worried, she began researching over and again until she stumbled on Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS). It fit all of her daughter's symptoms. This syndrome caused the small intestine (duodenum) to close off partially, making it really hard for any food substance to go through. After being informed of this discovery, doctors said they had a way to test for it by making the patient take in food or fluid while lying down. Whayne passed the test while she took smoothies, but it got more people curious as what exactly could be wrong.

Her mother then suggested that she should also be tested while she stood, but the doctors initially would not oblige. Finally, after a ton of urging from Laura, Dr. John Petty agreed to test LewLew while lying and standing. Ultimately, the test that showed mom was right and that LewLew had suffered from SMAS, as her food was unable to pass down while standing. Laura admitted that that was a diagnosis that changed their lives.

Thanks to Dr. John Petty, who opined on how unusual it was for SMAS to have occurred the way it did in Whayne's case, and carried out the operation despite the worries on the faces of many, a teen girl's mysterious ailment suddenly became something fixable. Beyond the good doctor, credit is due to a mother like Laura, who refused to stand down when she was told that her daughter's problems were all in her head.

Dr. Petty hopes to have this report in a medical journal soon -- a way to make other doctors to see the necessary need to show more concern to people's complaints, especially when their patients are suffering with no end in sight.