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Justina Pelletier

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  • Outis
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    Originally posted by DesertBerean View Post
    normal genetic tests wouldn't show anything?
    Not to the best of my understanding, because the mitochondria have their own DNA.

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  • DesertBerean
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    True. .. I hadn't thought it might be an ego problem. I suppose somebody's nerve could have been touched when told to call the physician who had been i. Charge of the girl's treatment. I have to admit that this disease of the mitochondria stuff has me scratching my head. This is the power plant of the body, right? I would have thought that any problem affecting this primary source of energy would've been easy to see but apparently the symptoms are non specific and... what, normal genetic tests wouldn't show anything?

    *thinks a trip to a medical library might be in order>

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  • Outis
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    In short, the doctors at the Boston hospital decided that this was not a mitochondrial disease, but a case of "medical child abuse." Seems to have far more to do with the egos of the doctors involved than anything else.

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  • DesertBerean
    started a topic Justina Pelletier

    Justina Pelletier

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...C6O/story.html

    I've seen this story come up in the news. I'm puzzled not about the amazingly obtuse justice system but about the apparent reluctance of the hospital to cooperate in treating this child for a supposedly rare treatment. I've seen some suggestions that Obama care is to blame but this all started over a year ago so I don't see how that's relevant.

    Anybody have any insight? Is this really a big cover up by the hospital because they failed to treat the the child properly in the beginning? Or is the disease non existent as some seem to imply?
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