Inspiring Story Of How A Bedridden Man Invented A Surgical Procedure To Cure His Ailment After 11 Years

Date August 1, 2019 17:07

When you are the patient, doctors, rarely think that you could ever have an expert opinion in the course of treatment. After all, they are the experts!

Interestingly, that can change when the patient is desperate enough. This is why Raquel Bahamonde a Twitter user noted,

"When doctors tell you no, or they can't help you, be your own advocate and keep going, the answer is there."

Why did she say this?

A story that will inspire you

Doug Lindsay was just another 21-year-old about to start his senior year in college in 1999. As a biology major, he hoped to become a biochemistry major or a writer on 'The Simpsons.'

But those plans fell through when he collapsed one day in his home. The symptoms included intense fatigue and dizziness.

The doctors could not figure out what the problem was, but he kept getting worse. His heart was racing even if all he had done was to eat a sandwich.

He could not walk more than 50 feet and had to spend 22 hours a day in bed.

This when he decided to take matters into his hands. Applying the scientific method, he began researching.

Based on his symptoms, he realized he had dysautonomia, a class of disorders affecting the autonomic nervous system.

In 2002, he was invited by the American Autonomic Society to present a paper on his findings.

He had to buy an entire row of seats so he could stretch out on the plane and he presented while in a wheelchair.

He theorized that his adrenal gland was producing too much adrenaline and so his body was becoming sensitive to it.

Many of the doctors discredited his theory, but that was when he stumbled on Dr. H. Cecil Coghlan, who would become his research partner.

Seven years after the first set of symptoms, he diagnosed his specific ailment- adrenal medullary hyperplasia. Only 32 people in the world had been diagnosed with it.

But this was not the end of the battle. There was no known procedure to deal with the problem. So he said

"That's when I decided I am going to invent one."

It took the patient-turned-researcher another four years to come up with a procedure and find a team to do it. The procedure was modeled after a 1926 surgery that had been done on a cat.

After 11 years of being bedridden, the procedure was successful, and he is now a renowned speaker and medical researcher.

He travels around the world, sharing his story, inspiring people, and offering help to those with a similar condition.

Quite a story!

An inspiration to many

Those who have heard his story are so moved:

Doug has proven that we are indeed in control of our lives. We should never be afraid of taking matters that concern our life into our hands!