– optimistic of recovery
Leena Ramrattan, the 31-year-old mother who has been stricken for the past year with a mystery illness, has begun receiving treatment from a private physician.
The physician, who asked not to be identified, told Kaieteur News that Ramrattan is being treated for Sheehan’s Syndrome, a rare ailment that strikes some women after pregnancy and affects their ability to produce some hormones.
The physician explained that while the results of tests Ramrattan recently underwent were inconclusive, her symptoms were similar to those displayed by someone with this condition.
Kaieteur News was told that Ramrattan is taking the hormone therapy at home. The physician will examine her within a month, to see how she has responded.
In a letter to the Kaieteur News, Gynaecologist Dr. Mohamed Y. Bacchus had stated that he suspected Ramrattan might be suffering from Sheehan’s Syndrome, after this newspaper had carried a story about the woman’s plight.
He indicated that the ailment is treatable.
Leena Ramrattan began showing signs of illness in February 2008, shortly after delivering a baby boy by Caesarean section at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
However, GPHC doctors were unable to diagnose her ailment, and referred her to the hospital’s psychiatric clinic.
A psychiatrist at the clinic informed the relatives that Leena was suffering from depression, and prescribed medication.
However, the woman began refusing to take her medication, and her condition deteriorated. The illness has left her in a child-like state.
At present, she has lost weight, seldom eats or speaks, has to be bathed, and has to be carried to and from her bed.
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