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Good News for Mexican Girl Treated in Springfield
A very young girl from Mexico City is making a return visit to see doctors here in Springfield, and this time around, the results are extraordinary.
In July, we introduced you to Tzintli Serra. She has a rare disease called opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. It affects one in a million people, and typically develops by tumors causing the immune system to attack the brain.
According to her parents, she suffered from shaking, trouble speaking, and her eyes darting around uncontrollably.
"Now, she can walk, she can run, she can jump with two legs, she can write some words," Tzintli's father Marco Serra said. "She writes papa or mom in Spanish."
The SIU School of Medicine clinics have an international center for the disease. Dr. Michael Pranzatelli said so far, doctors there have treated 365 children with the disorder. He told us that in the case of this girl, they used a combination of immunotherapy and three different types of drugs, and she is responding very well.