A few days after Haven’s episode aired I started receiving emails from people saying the watched the show and were happy to learn about Haven. One email hit me with a mystery diagnosis of her own that was finally solved with the show. Below is the email from the girl’s mother:
Wow! Haven’s mystery diagnosis story aired here in Florida about 2 hours ago, and I am just nicely able to stop crying and compose myself!
My daughter heather was born along with her twin brother on March 5, 1990. She was born happy and healthy and I have footage of her 2 years before all of this ROHHAD stuff took over our life, that I cannot even view, not even 18 years later!
She was this sweet and full of spirit young girl, and she and her twin brother were so fun to watch together! In September of 1992 we began to notice her appetite just went crazy!
Soon after she began to gain 15lbs-20lbs a month, and her stomach was very protruded. We lived in a small town where people couldn’t wait to have something to talk about. People even wondered if she was somehow pregnant! That was the end of the line for me! I too took her in to see a Dr., we did not have health insurance and the doctor wanted to run some ridiculously extensive and expensive tests! We took her home scared to death, that something was seriously wrong and we didn’t have enough coverage to pay for the testing!
January came and she was still gaining weight, and she had this terrible snore/breathing pattern which really freaked us out. January 9th, 1993, we could not wake her from her night of sleep and her lips were blue! We took her into our Dr. and he sent us to Albany Medical Center via ambulance. Heather was fine while she was awake, but the moment she fell asleep, she de satted! They intubated her and we were in for 8 weeks of hell with all kinds of (more…)