A young girl from Florida named Ravyn contracted the rare and potentially life-threatening condition Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) while with her mother in the Bahamas after taking a new seizure medication.
“At first, Ravyn had tummy aches; then her eyes were watery and her lips started to swell,” the girl’s mother said. “Every day it got worse. Doctors (in the Bahamas) said it was too involved, they couldn’t do anything more.”
Ravyn was airlifted to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Florida after the condition started to get worse. Ravyn was losing patches of her skin and had painful blisters on her body.
“By the time Ravyn came to us here, she was 60 percent covered in lesions, and it was very touch-and-go,” the dermatologist at Joe DiMaggio, Anna Falabella, said. “The most important thing is to catch this early, stop the offending medication and get treatment.”
As a result of the Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Ravyn has lost her vision in one eye. The girl’s mother is hoping that having surgery will help Ravyn to be able to get her vision back. The doctors at DiMaggio have said that the girl’s skin should start to repair within a couple of months. They have also stated that her hair will grow back.
Ravyn’s case is rare but not unheard of. SJS is a painful, debilitating disease that can leave patients with permanent conditions and scars. Sufferers can experience symptoms like Ravyn’s such as painful blisters in the mucus membranes, blisters in the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and genitals. Some patients will experience the peeling off of skin to as much as 70 percent of the body.
If you or someone you love is suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting SJS cases and will work hard to get you every dime that you may entitled to.