Apr 13, 2011 10:36 PM by Maddie Garrett

Youngsville Boy Suffers from Mysterious Illness

What if your child were sick, but you didn't know why? That's what one Youngsville family is dealing with as they search for answers to their son's mystery illness.

Kael Landry appears to be a healthy, happy young boy. But at 13 months old, he's developmentally behind and still wears clothes made for 3-month-old babies. And that's not his only problem.

"None of this really ties in with dwarfism. But it's just, nobody really knows," said Brandie Landry, Kael's mother.

Landry said doctors believe he has a type of dwarfism. But Kael also suffers from frequent seizures, usually 3 or 4 a day, as well as heart problems and dangerously low sodium levels.

"He would just fuss, fuss, fuss. And he couldn't really sit up by himself, you could just tell he would look around but he didn't really know what was going on," said Landry. "So I took him in and said, this might sound crazy but I think something is wrong with him."

Something was terribly wrong and Kael has been in and out the hospital far too many times for a child so young. The Landry's saw specialists in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But when they couldn't find answers there they decided to visit Children's in Houston to hopefully get a diagnosis.

But after test after test, in-and-out of intensive care, doctors still couldn't explain the mystery of what is making Kael sick.

"It's like one doctor after another doctor after another doctor, but it's like you can't, we can't stop," said Landry.

While her quest for answers continues, Landry said Kael has already changed her family for the better.

"It makes a big difference, you look at everything so different. It's bad, but it can always be worse," she said.

Landry hasn't given up hope yet, she said they plan on traveling back to Houston in May for more tests. If necessary, she said they'll even try to go to John Hopkins in Maryland to help their son.



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