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Health is the most precious thing one can think of. Still, not everyone is lucky to have impeccable health and sometimes people can’t change certain conditions they’re born with. Surviving the inconveniences brought by rare medical conditions becomes an inseparable part of their lives. The Typical Student team already shared 5 TRUE Stories About What It's Like to Be a Medical Student. The time has come to take a look from the other side.
Claire Wineland, 23, dies a week after getting a transplanted lung
Claire Wineland, 23, was an inspirational speaker who had cystic fibrosis. After surviving 16-day medically induced coma at 13, the Claire's Place Foundation was created by Claire’s family to assist struggling families affected by cystic fibrosis. Despite her severe health condition, she attended Santa Monica College and made educational videos to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis. Unfortunately, Claire Wineland passed away a little over a week after getting the newly transplanted lungs.
Shantee Anaquod, 24, fights Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
UBC anthropology student Shantee Anaquod, 24, from Canada made headlines owing to her atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). As told by globalnews.ca, this is a rare autoimmune disease which may result in kidney failure, issues related to red blood cell counts and vascular troubles. A huge scandal broke after it turned out the government wasn’t covering a life-saving medicine Soliritis. Eventually, Shantee got her medicine and started treatment for aHUS which was announced on Twitter account @fightforshantee.
Student from Vietnam Hematidrosis (Sweating Blood)
An 11-year-old female student from Vietnam was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called hematidrosis (sweating blood). The condition was presumably caused by extreme exam preparation stress. According to DailyMail, the condition is so rare, "only a handful of hematidrosis cases were confirmed in the 20th century." The doctor who treated the student said the condition may occur "spontaneously or after emotional stress." And named the risk factors like "high blood pressure, inflammation of blood vessels, bleeding disorders, and menstruation."
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