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Tucson children’s research center bringing attention to largely undiagnosed illness

Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 9:00 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2022 at 2:56 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A first-of-its-kind children’s research center in Tucson, UA Steele Children’s Research Center, is raising the profile of a largely undiagnosed illness in kids.

“We struggled all through elementary school and middle school just treating the symptoms, but Abigail seemed to have all of them,” said mother Abigail Wichers.

She said her daughter Abigail had quite a few infections as a child but little did they know it would lead to a debilitating condition.

“It can be hard to pick-up because in kids there can be changes in mood, movement and behavior just because they’re kids,” said Dr. Michael Daines, an associate professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

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