When Lincoln Brunn, of Dallas, was 4 months old, his parents noticed a drastic change in his feeding. They took him to the local pediatrician, who diagnosed him with congestion and slight dehydration. A few days later, Lincoln’s symptoms worsened. He was unable to swallow and his body was becoming limp, like a dish towel.
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Specialists from pediatric neurology and infectious diseases at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital put Lincoln through several tests before determining he was suffering from infantile botulism. A dose of a special antitoxin, ordered rapidly from California, almost immediately alleviated his symptoms.
Comfort items in the inpatient rooms, such as recliners and sofa beds that were provided by donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger allowed Lincoln’s parents to stay in the room with him during his treatment.