From Neurology Now Magazine, Published: February/March 2014
It began suddenly in 2003: two-year-old Samantha Sherwood got up from a nap and stumbled. Although doctors in the emergency department suspected an ear infection, Samantha’s symptoms steadily worsened during the following week. Walking became more difficult. She developed uncontrollable shaking and irregular, rapid eye movements that left her holding her head and crying. After Samantha underwent many tests and medical examinations, she was diagnosed with opsoclonus myoclonus by a pediatric neurologist. This rare, degenerative, neurologic condition affects one in five million people.