Monday, July 21, 2014

Health: A Growing Health Problem In Philadelphia Area Leaves Man Trapped In His Own Body « CBS Philly

stephanie-webPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A life gone haywire because of what the family says was a missed medical diagnosis.  The Delaware County family wants to warn others as they fight to save their son.  Doctors say it could happen to anyone.  Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on a grown man who has to be cared for like a baby.

Thirty-four-year-old Chris Valerio is a prisoner in his own body.  Just standing up is an ordeal.  He can't feed himself or talk much, but his parents say his mind is fine, he understands everything.

"It's very frustrating.  Obviously it's very disheartening.  We've had our days of tears," said John Valerio, Chris' father.

For his parents, it's heartbreaking to see Chris, who'd been such a free spirit.  He loved to travel and try new restaurants.  Now he can't chew, or do anything for himself.

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