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23-year-old Battles Debilitating Brain Disease Caused by Pigeon Feces

by Savitha C Muppala on April 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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 23-year-old Battles Debilitating Brain Disease Caused by Pigeon Feces

Not many of us may know that a potentially life threatening condition can be triggered by a fungal disease from the feces of pigeons.

This story is about Erica Richards, a 23 year old girl from Canada, full of beans, who is currently coming to terms with her life after surviving a fatal disease, cryptococcal meningitis, which she contracted about 2 months ago. The disease has left her blind.

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The disease caused swelling in her spine and brain. What began as excruciating headaches, led to coma. Though the chances of survival are 50-50, Erica made it, although the disease took a toll on her sight.

Through her story, Erica sends a message to the world to be careful with pigeon feces, more importantly to be aware of such a potentially life threatening disease. She warns people to stay away from feeding pigeons.



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