Lucas Quinones-Reed at Wolf Lake Park in Davie, FL, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

“Brain under attack” by Carol Harbers

Duke Health recently posted an article by Carol Habers that follows the four-year journey to an autoimmmune encephalitis diagnosis of Lucas Quinones-Reed.  “Reed, Quinones, and Lucas met with Dr. Heather Van Mater, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist and Dr. William Gallentine, DO, a pediatric neurologist. ‘They came in with a box full of medical records,’ said Van Mater. Immediately, she saw red flags — including the seizures and the sudden drop in IQ — that didn’t fit with a psychiatric diagnosis.” Click here to read the full story.

Thank you to Dr. Van Mater, Dr. Gallentine, Ms. Carol Habers, and Duke Health for raising awareness of autoimmune encephalitis.