Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Marcel is an eight year old boy who was admitted with high fever and lethargy 2 weeks ago.  He quickly became more obtunded and developed status epilepticus (non stop seizures).  He required an IV Valium drip and IV Phenobarbital to control his seizures.  His tests indicated that he had cerebral malaria.   He remained in a coma and I hesitated each morning before entering the PEDS Ward, wondering if Marcel would still be there. 

He was and after a few days he opened his eyes.  Over the next week he gradually woke up and today he was finally able to walk.  He is not totally back to normal yet but we are all overjoyed with his recovery to date and are optimistic about his complete recovery.

Marcel with his twin brother
Marcel standing up today

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