Mayer stared at a wall in the intensive care unit at Children’s
Hospital of Wisconsin, worrying as his patient, 15-month-old Addyson
Valley, grew dangerously ill.
"The pediatric gastroenterologist had
placed her on the highest doses of calcium and phosphate a patient can
receive, yet her levels remained desperately low. The heart depends on
calcium to beat properly, and the infant’s deficiency threatened to send
her into cardiac arrest.
"Also, Addyson’s gut was leaking protein,
impairing the function of her intestines and raising fears that a
buildup of fluid outside the vessels could turn her body into a boggy
swamp. She could, in essence, drown in her own body fluid.
"She was bloated. She was lethargic. She was dying."
had been sick all of her short life, projectile vomiting most food,
lagging severely on the growth charts, going through one infant formula
after another, and one medical test after another. No one knew what was
making the Racine girl sick. And since arriving in intensive care, she
had grown steadily worse.
"'We’re doing something to make her sicker,' the doctor told himself, noting that all they’d done was to feed her formula.
"'Let’s stop feeding her,' Mayer told the medical staff. As he said it, he realized he’d been in this situation before.
"'It’s the Nic story again.'"
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