A 3-year-old in Illinois is on the road to recovery when she was taken to the hospital by her frightened parents when she experienced a seven-minute seizure and lost the ability to speak in full sentences , 1
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"Within a few hours, when she reached Lurie, she began to lean," said Erin Smolinski, Grace's mother, to SWNS. "She was a very loud child and could tell full stories full sentences. She assumed that she could only say syllables. She sang whole songs from the movie Moana – and could hardly say: Moana. "
Smolinski said that her daughter's condition continued to deteriorate and she experienced anxiety attacks and temper tantrums.
"She seemed to believe that someone else was in the room and she was afraid of that person," Smolinski said to SWNS. "It was scary. I wondered what she saw. The nurses told me she probably had hallucinations. "
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. Smolinski said her toddler was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis. Once she got into a cardiac arrest and ended up in the intensive care unit, where she had another massive seizure.
"I just collapsed when I watched 20 people working on it," she told SWNS. "She was intubated and it was a picture I'll never forget."
Autoimmune encephalitis is a group of conditions that occur when the body's immune system inadvertently attacks healthy brain cells, leading to brain inflammation, according to the Information Center for Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD). Patients may experience neurological or psychiatric symptoms, including seizures, psychosis, speech problems, panic attacks, anxiety, and others. The treatment may include intravenous immunosuppressive therapy.
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Two weeks later, Grace was able to return home to her parents and two siblings and received a monthly dose of a chemotherapeutic drug to prevent relapse, SWNS reported. While she needed help with balance and language at home, she returned to preschool and her mother says they have not noticed any cognitive problems.
"We're lucky every day," she told SWNS.