Debbie Mills, 23, was told she would never be able to get pregnant after being diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This condition is as cruel as it is rare, forcing the victim to endure a lifetime of excruciating pain from the slightest of injuries – even past injuries that are fully healed.
Mills was first diagnosed with CRPS when she was suffering intense pain and swelling in her foot. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her foot – other than the swelling – and blamed the rare disorder. Sadly, Mills suffers from the progressive version of CRPS, so stubbing her toe, for example, could cause excruciating pain to quickly travel to other parts of her boy.
Doctors told Mills she would never become pregnant; it was impossible they said. You might imagine her shock when she began experiencing signs of pregnancy. Her disbelief quickly turned to joy, she was carrying a baby – something she was told couldn’t be done. That doesn’t mean Mills isn’t frightened; there’s a significant chance she will feel the pains of childbirth for the rest of her life. Regardless of the risk, she has decided to become a mother.
Mills’ story is fascinating and her courage is remarkable. Her story also shows that doctors should never get too comfortable in making a diagnosis or prognosis. There is still plenty that we don’t know about the human body and its conditions. Whether you believe in miracles or simply overcoming the odds, unpredictable events can benefit patients.
If you’re suffered serious harm from a failure to diagnose a medical condition, contact an experienced Ohio misdiagnosis lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Source: dailymail.co.uk, “Woman with rare condition to have baby even though labor could trigger a lifetime of pain,” May 10, 2012