• By Dennis Douda

Jude’s Wish: Unraveling a Medical Mystery

September 24, 2014

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoBeing 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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that's amazing!!!


Will this procedure be offered in AZ any time soon?


This procedure is available at Mayo in Arizona as well.


What a tremendous advance in treatment! And kudos to Nicole for her courage and to her medical team for their innovation and outstanding expertise!


Wonderful story! It hits home as the date of her laser surgery, 12/12/12, was the 1 year anniversary of my boyfriend's last grand mal seizure. As we were celebrating his year of health, she was receiving her groundbreaking surgery. So wonderful, I wish her the best!

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