Rare conditions and extraordinary medical stories from across Long Island.
Injured by a hospital infection during pregnancy that caused her to lose all of her limbs, Shannon Smith, 28, is being outfitted by a Long Island team of prosthetists with four electronic ones. Click here to read more about Smith.
Comsewogue bowler Hope Reindl collapsed eight minutes into an intramural basketball game. Quick thinking and the use of a defibrillator saved her life. Click here to read more about Hope.
Hauppauge High wrestler Nick Mauriello returned to wresting once again after surviving a MRSA infection that nearly took his life. Click here to read more about Mauriello.
Marisa Carney has been diagnosed with rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysregulation, or ROHHAD, an extremely rare childhood disorder that’s difficult to diagnose and treat. Click here, , or here, to read more about Marisa.
Ruth Gutierrez, of Baldwin, had a rare tumor, a thoracic meningioma compressing on her spinal cord. There are only 1-3 cases per million people, per year reported with this condition. Click here to read more about Gutierrez.
Neighbors and friends are raising money for Madison Coffey, 7, who suffers from juvenile dermatomyositis, a crippling and painful disease that destroys the muscles. Click here to read more about Madison.
Twins Brian and Alan were diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a disease that progressively scars the kidneys. The brother's parents both donated a kidney to their sons. Click here to read more about Brian and Alan.
Infant Justin Olivares was diagnosed in utero with Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome, or CHAOS - a rare condition that is nearly always deadly if not detected in the womb. He was saved during a prenatal surgery. Click here to read more about Justin.