Facebook saved my son’s life: My social network helped diagnose my son’s rare disease. – By Deborah Copaken Kogan – Slate Magazine. This is an amazing article. Her son woke up with a rash. Having been notified by school of strep going around, she took her son to the clinic to be tested. The test was negative, but they started him on antibiotic anyway. His fever kept rising, his face started swelling, and then they thought he might have scarlet fever, or the flu. Mom posted updates and pics on Facebook to keep family and friends current. Her son continued to deteriorate. The latest updated picture on Facebook brought two comments of a rare disease and urgings to go to the hospital. Unsure, but worried, the mother took him to the hospital and they tested him for Kawasaki disease, a rare and sometimes fatal auto-immune disorder that attacks the coronary arteries surrounding the heart. Sure enough, he had Kawasaki disease and liver damage. He spent 3 weeks in the hospital, but was alive thanks to Facebook. What an amazing story!
Facebook saved my son’s life: My social network helped diagnose my son’s rare disease. – By Deborah Copaken Kogan – Slate Magazine