Paul Menzies is the new Chairman of the Board for Rugby Southland. While he has something to frown about with the Stags’ loss to the Waikato recently, one thing he can always smile about is that he is a Stevens-Johnson syndrome survivor.

Menzies, who was appointed chairman last month, is a long-time Rugby fan whose appointment came as a shock to him. While he was excited, the lawyer is also busy practicing law full-time and serves as the vice-chairman of the Southern District Health Board.

What makes Menzies’ story stand out for many is that when he was just 20 years old, he developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome. His condition caused him to have to take a year off from his studies in law school. To date, there is no known cure for SJS or its more severe form, called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS). Doctors can’t seem to tell exactly how Menzies developed the condition in the first place. However, doctors suspect that he developed the condition after working with house paint.

Menzies now controls the SJS with medication, but the effects he suffered as a result of the condition are permanent. Still, he gives credit to the SJS for helping to provide him with direction in life, clarity and drive. Once his condition was under control, Menzies went back and finished law school.

If you or a loved one develop Stevens-Johnson syndrome, contact Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am an experienced SJS attorney that may be able to help you recover money for your injuries.