Student paper diagnosis Professor daughter illness.
AN AUGUSTA UNVIERSITY PROFESSOR
IS THANKING ONE
OF HER STUDENTS.
SHE SAYS A PAPERHELPED SAVE
HER DAUGHTER'S
LIFE.
NEWSCHANNEL 6'S ASHLEY FLETE HAS
THE STORY.
ONE MOTHER WONDERED FOR YEARS
WHAT WAS GOING ON
WITH HER DAUGHTER. IT
S NOT UNTIL ONE OF HER STUDENTS
WROTE A PAPER
THAT HELP DIAGNOSE HER ISSUE."
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
ALICIA ELAM IS AN ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR AT AUGUSTA
UNIVERSITY. BACK IN 2017 ELAM
AND STUDENT
ALLISON MILLER WORKED ON A
RESEARCH PAPER FOR
MILLER'S MASTERS PROJECT. ALICIA
ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR:
"LOOKING AT WHAT SHE WAS
DISCUSSING. THE EOE, I HADN'T
KNOWN WHAT IT WAS, HADN'T HEARD
OF IT AND I HAD NOT DEALT WITH
IT."
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
AS ELAM WORKED TO EDIT THE PAPER
SHE REALIZED
THE SYMPTOMS MILLER WROTE ABOUT
WERE THE SAME ONES
HER DAUGHTER HAD.
AFTER ALMOST THREE YEARS OF
TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT,
ELAM FINALLY HAD AN ANSWER.
ALICIA ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR:
"EOSINOPHILIC ESOPHAGITIS."
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
SINCE IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE
CANNOT SEE
WITH THE NAKED EYE, I ASKED HER
TO BREAK DOWN WHAT IT
MEANS.
ALICIA ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR: "THE ESOPHAGUS IS
CONSTANTLY BREAKING DOWN BECAUSE
IT'S BEING EXPOSED TO THIS
ALLERGIC RESPONSE.
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT TO
DIAGNOSE
WITHOUT AN ENDOSCOPY, UNDER
ANESTHESIA.
OVER THE YEARS ELAM 'S DAUGHTER
ALLY HAS
UNDERGONE FOUR ENDOSCOPIES.
ALICIA ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR:
"I DON'T THINK IT REALLY HAS
PHASED HER THAT MUCH. SHE'S 14.
SHE WAS
12 WHEN WE STARTED WITH THIS. I
THINK SHE'S BEEN A TROOPPER."
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
IF THE MOUTH IS THE GATEWAY TO
THE BODY THEN THE
ESOPHAGUS IS THE HIGHWAY FOR
FOOD AND DRINKS TO
REACH THE STOMACH.AND THAT'S
WHERE ALLY'S TROUBLE
STARTED.
ALICIA ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR: "EVERYTIME SHE ATE
SHE COUGHED. THERE ARE A COUPLE
TIMES YOU CAN HAVE
SEVERE DEBILITATING STOMACH
ACHE. THAT'S ANOTHER SYTOPM.
MOST
PEOPLE CAN VOMIT AFTER EATING
BUT WHAT STOOD OUT TO ME THE
MOST WAS A
LOT OF TIMES WHEN SHE WOULD
COUGH SHE WOULD SAY, "MOMMY IT
FEELS
LIKE IT'S GOING DOWN THE WRONG
PIPE."
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
ALLISON MILLER — WHO ORIGINALLY
WROE PAPER
WORKS AS A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT
AT CHILDREN'S
HOSPITAL OF ATLANTA.
RECENTLY HER RESEARCH WAS
PUBLISHED IN THE CLINICAL
ADVISOR.
ASHLEY FLETE/REPORTER:
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR
STORY BEING A
BLUEPRINT FOR OTHER PEOPLE.
ALICIA ELAM/ AU ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR: I THINK IT'S A
BLESSING, EVEN IF IT'S JUST ONE
PERSON. IT BRINGS MORE AWARENESS
TO THIS CONDITION."
HER DAUGHTER ALLIE IS TILL
RECEIVING TREATMENT BUT
SHE SAYS HER RECOVERY LOOKS MUCH
BETTER.
IN AUGUSTA ASHLEY FLETE, WJBF
NEWSCHANNEL
6.

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