05 Jan '18, 4pm
In Treatment at NIH, find the story of Emma, who gives back as Pediatric Ambassador:
Two years ago, an active and cheerful nine-year-old named Emma suddenly turned yellow – a frightening time that turned her mother into a research dynamo. Lydia Seiders was determined to figure out why doctors conducting extensive blood panels and scans couldn’t find the cause of her child’s liver inflammation that was severe enough to be called borderline liver failure. In spite of being told that Emma’s condition was stabilizing, Lydia didn’t believe that Emma was improving. She became sure of it when extensive bruising started appearing on her daughter’s leg. Lydia began methodically researching two of Emma’s symptoms and test results, which led her to consult with a pediatric oncologist . That doctor administered different tests and found that Emma’s platelets had dropped to a critically low level. The diagnosis was severe aplastic anemia . Once she knew what they were ...