High school volleyball player Jeanna Giese complains to her parents that she’s fatigued and has numbness in her arm. They blame it on a pinched nerve, but when the 15-year-old starts experiencing double-vision and loss of balance, they know it is more than a sports injury. Doctors speculate that it might be Lyme disease or West Nile, but what Jenna has is far more sinister. An Ambitious doctor offers a risky and experimental procedure – but could this Hail Mary treatment save her life?
It’s in Your Brain
What do California honeymooners, a surfer in Hawaii, and a toddler in Tennessee have in common? That’s what several doctors and the CDC in Atlanta spent months trying to figure out. For honeymooners Ben and Eliza, it starts with a dull headache that grows more intense. It quickly escalates to chest pains and the feeling that bugs are crawling under their skin – they are told they have the flu. Surfer Graham McCumber is also told he has the flu – right before he has double vision and falls into a coma. And one-year old Bradley is brought to the E.R. with a high fever and strange marks on his neck. Could all these symptoms be related? The answer is the stuff of nightmares.
Dr. Bill Linder, an athletic 45-year-old Physician Collapses just hours after returning home from a family trip overseas. His young daughters find him bleeding on the stairs of their Ohio home. They didn’t know it then, but it is the first sign that something is very wrong. When Dr. Linder seeks help, the first physicians to treat him remark that his illness is something they’d never seen before…the terrifying truth is – they hadn’t. What could it be? And was the rest of the family in danger?
Can dogs help cure a deadly childhood disease? An NFL star and his wife are betting their son’s life on it. When Paul and Alison Frase were told their child’s disorder had no treatment and no cure – they refused to take no for an answer. And when scientists tell them their one hope depends on finding a dog with the right genetic code, they set out on a quest to find that one-in-a-million dog…and a miracle.
Forgotten, But Fatal
Florida college student Lindsey Meyer was about to leave for Spring Break. – and Michigan E.M.T Kevin Nesbit was headed into work – when they both come down with a painful sore throat. What seems like the symptom of a common cold, soon spirals into a life or death situation. While Kevin fights for his life in the I.C.U. – Lindsey is put into a medically-induced coma. Doctors know their patients are in danger – but they don’t know why. Could the key to survival be in a forgotten disease, and the cure hiding in plain sight? It’s a race to find out.
When You Die
Dr. Mary Neal is a spinal surgeon with an adventurous side. She used to think that near-death experiences could be written off by science – caused by lack of oxygen or certain drugs. But on a kayaking trip down the rapids she becomes trapped under water for 27 minutes – and changes her mind. T. Scott Marr was on life support. His family is told that he had a massive stroke, and brain death is inevitable. They pull the plug. Then, he wakes up – and has an amazing story to tell. Everyone has a perception of death – but what really happens when we die? For thousands of years, the dreams and visions of the dying have captivated cultures. But what are they, what causes them? And are they real?
ABOUT THE SHOW
Doctors, scientists and in some cases the police race against time to solve life-or-death medical mysteries. This HLN Original Series is hosted by B.D. Wong.