NEWS: Australian mom fights for Lyme treatment for herself & her daughter
In addition to her family's personal battle with Lyme disease, she must contend with a medical establishment that refuses to acknowledge the disease even exists in Australia.
From the Coffs Coast Independent:
Coffs mum keeping up the Lyme disease fight
FOR Coffs coast mum Natalie Young, her ongoing battle with Lyme disease is nothing compared to the battle she has faced trying to get Australian doctors and medical authorities to acknowledge that the illness is even present in this country, let alone that it is affecting many Australians.
The current factsheet on Lyme disease on the NSW Health website – dated July 2010, yet apparently based on research more than a decade old – states that “Ticks with (Lyme disease causing) Borrelia infection live in temperate forested areas of northern Asia, Europe and the United States.
“In the 1990s, 12,000 ticks were collected from different parts of NSW and were tested for Borrelia bacteria. No evidence of Borrelia infection could be found in any of the ticks collected”.
Yet a report published by the Sydney Morning Herald as early as 1995 quoted associate professor of microbiology at Newcastle University, Richard Barry, as saying he had documented 66 cases of Lyme disease.
“That is probably the tip of the iceberg. If we have found 66, there could be 6000,” Professor Barry said at the time, adding that he believed the disease “existed along the entire Australian east coast in an indigenous strain that differed slightly from the overseas version.”
Suffering “hundreds” of tick bites during her active and rewarding career with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the once outdoorsy and active young mum these days struggles just to get through each day.
Suffering chronic pain and exhaustion along with fever, headaches, damage to her nerves, head, shoulders and throat, Ms Young said she was at one stage near-death from the infection.
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- May 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Similar in MT – after reporting the lst cases of (CDC)-confirmed Lyme disease (blood sent out of state to government certified Western Blot IgM/IgG labs), further in MT complicated by repeated misdiagnoses of acute and late-stage complications of Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever, Erhlichia, Bartonella, Babesia and Mycoplasma fermentans.
My two minor daughers, at age 3 and age 8, after tick bites in a known tick-endemic area w/ CDC-definitve Erythema Migrans, Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever, Erhlichia and Bartonella rashes, w/ progressive life-threatening illness, further, Lyme documented by referred (ILADS) Specialists, even "ethical" Montana physicians, "most-likely acquired by her daughters (in-utero) from their infected birthmother" one daughter born failure-to-thrive, hosptialized (5) weeks fighting for her life w/ known s/s/complicatons of neuroborreliosis with neurological motor-neuron disability, and her mother, w/ unlawful-Discrimination, Abusive Harassment and Malicious Retaliation under rights of equal opportunity and protection under (ADA) of 1973, 1990 and 2009, Title I, II, III, IV, (504) Rehabilitation federal law w/ bogus-connived Involuntary Commitment, w/ False Statements, representations and misrepresentations by court-appointed state actors, while under the care of ethical MT physicians and refered out of state knowledgeable (ILADS) Specialists. Prosecuted in MT by misdiagnosing health providers and state actors, "She is a harm and danger to her two minor daughters due to overzealeous pursuit of the children's serious medical problems. I give a strong recommendation of Munchausen's by proxy. None of her physical symptoms nor the physical symptoms of her two minor daughters have ever been substantiated by any physicians. This patient suffers a serious mental illness. She is a harm to herself, her children and others. She is dysfunctional and disorganized. She is gravely disabled. She requries Involuntary Committment in the Montana State Mental Hospital in solitary isolation for (3) months or longer, as determined by the courts, denied dignity and respect, with brutal, cruel ill-treatment, prosecuted in MT for bogus-connived Munchausen's by proxy denied procedural and substantive due process, w/ malicious prosecution, arrest and incarceration (w/ self incrimination), further, maliciously prosecuted for bogus-connived false- fabricated retalitory "Delusional-Somatic type" (w/ double jeopardy)
With unlawful taking of life, liberty, property and privacy, without due process and just compensation by the state, since reporting the very lst cases of Lyme disease in the history of the state of MT, suddenly, without prior notice or an opportunity to be heard, forced indigent and homeless, denied rights of access to assets for basic life necessities and healthcare under ethical Montana physicians and referred (ILADS) Specialists, denied rights of choice of treatment plan of care, causing understandable stress and anxiety, further severe pain and suffering, bacterial encephalitis, neurological and systemic damage, and immunodeficiency, more permanent and long-term disability, unable to walk, talk, eat, or sleep, w/ autonomic dysregulation, near death.
- August 7, 2011 at 7:04 am
I live in Sydney and started to get sick after being caight in a severe storm around oct 08. I have been fighting the N.S.W health system and docs as they took my son and he also has lyme disease but they refuse to believe me. I am representing myself in the supreme court and it would be good to hear from someone who knows all about fighting this.
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