Mysterious Illness Hits New York Kids, Covered Up By HIPPA Privacy Rule 2012
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A parent of a Le Roy student who developed tic-like symptoms said his daughter was told she suffers from Conversion Disorder. Don Miller said his daughter's doctor diagnosed her with the disorder. Conversion Disorder is defined as a neurological disorder that can be brought on by stress with symptoms that include numbness, paralysis, and inability to speak. The New York State Department of Health says since September, 12 girls in Le Roy suddenly developed tics. Some are so bad, they had to be pulled out of school and tutored at home. Wednesday night, James Dupont attended a meeting at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School hoping to find some answers about what may be wrong with his daughter. In the first week of December, his 17-year-old daughter suddenly developed tics, showing Tourette-like symptoms. But she isn't the only one. "I worry about my daughter's future," says Dupont. "She's only 17. She can't even drive now... My daughter hasn't been able to go to school for a month because she's got this so bad." Dupont hoped that the meeting with the New York State Department of Health would give him some answers, but he says he's more frustrated and confused than before. "It's a tearjerker and it hits you in the gut at the same time. You feel frustrated and helpless because you don't know what you can do, and you're not getting any answers." During the meeting, Gregory Young from the state health department said that all 12 girls had been diagnosed and are being treated. Dupont ...