Aiden Purich is 14 year old boy who’s been suffering from Lyme disease since May 2014, he was only 10 years old when he was bit by a tick. He was a healthy, lively young boy who enjoyed sports, playing the drums, skating boarding and just being a normal kid. All of that changed from just one bug bite.
After Aiden was bit he started to suffer from weakness, high fevers, sharp stabbing pains in his leg, and flu like symptoms that would come on aggressive and fast. These manifestations would then turn to more serious symptoms over time, even life threatening complications. Aiden started to suffer from schizophrenic like states, hallucinations, severe heart palpitations (which doctors were concerned of a cardiac arrest), chronic neck pain and stiffness, excruciating sharp burning pains (that would attack his whole body leaving him curled in a ball screaming in agony), light/sound sensitivity, bowel/digestive complications, headaches, air hunger, cognitive issues, short term memory lose and peripheral neuropathy which resulted in Aiden having to use a reclining wheelchair.
Peripheral neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord are damaged or diseased. This caused Aiden severe hyper sensitivity to his entire back. Even the slightest touch would cause him pain. Aiden took a turn for the worse in May 2016 and spent many days in and out of the hospital. Aiden sadly was unable to ever finish grade 7 and was unable to attend grade 8.
What’s so heartbreaking about Aiden’s story is Lyme isn’t well understood in the medical community and testing is inaccurate. Aiden suffered for years due to the fact that he couldn’t get a proper diagnosis or treatment. Aidens mother knew in her heart her son was suffering from Lyme disease and fought to find a doctor who would treat him. Finally in August 2016 the Purichs saw a Lyme doctor who confirmed what they had already suspected. Aiden tested positive for four co-infections of Lyme disease that all can be potentially fatal without treatment. Aiden has been on close to 30 different medications and supplements a day which is not only hard on his poor body but it’s financially draining for the family.
The Purichs feel blessed that thankfully some of these medications have helped some of his symptoms, but not all. While others have continued to get worse. The family is hoping that with Stem Cell Therapy Aiden will finally get his childhood back and not have to suffer in pain every single day. Aiden has expressed to his family how tired and frustrated he is and just wants to live a normal, happy, healthy life… the life he once knew.