- By Dennis Douda
Jude's Wish: Unraveling a Medical Mystery
Being a parent of a very sick child is a frightening experience. That’s particularly true when the illness is a mystery and each possibility seems more serious than the last. But, getting to the right diagnosis quickly is the first step toward recovery. Little Jude is one of about 30,000 people who develop an autoimmune blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) each year. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center has been helping him survive it. September, incidentally, is ITP Awareness Month. [TRT 4:18]
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