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Mystery Diagnosis

Season 8 Episode 9

The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Eating

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 2010 on Discovery Health
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The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Eating
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Young Julie McCawley has been a healthy baby, until she is ten months old, when she becomes completely stiff and unresponsive. Her eyes become swollen and she gets a fever. At first, Julie appears to be having pediatric epilepsy with an ear infection. However, she soon develops blisters that spread all over body and enlarge in size. Doctors believe she is simply suffering from chickenpox, but it turns out that Julie has been suffering from a severe reaction to her anti-seizure medication from an autoimmune condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Since young Conor Heybach was born, he has had trouble with getting enough nutrients. However, as he grows older, he has difficulty speaking clearly and loves food so much that he compulsively overeats in secret. Conor's rapid weight gain has been a mystery to his parents until one doctor eventually finds out that he has a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome.moreless
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