Nina Childs is a 29-year-old patient and has been on Precision Ketogenic Therapy for more than 21 years! She experienced fetal distress during birth, which resulted in a grand mal seizure and cerebral palsy. When Nina was 17 months old and in the foster care program, her foster mom abused her by taking Nina off her meds without consulting a physician. Nina’s great aunt, Nancy, stepped in and was given custody of Nina and started caring for her in Nancy’s home. Nina’s doctor put her back on medication, but she continued to suffer from 30-40 seizures a day. At the age of 2, she had a grand mal seizure that did not stop until she was in the hospital on a ventilator and given IV valium. She went into a coma for 6-7 days and experienced brain damage, kidney and liver damage, and cortical blindness. While she did recover, her brain was still damaged.
In 2000, Nancy met Dr. Borum, who introduced her to the PKT program, and changed Nina’s life! With time, Nina was taken off the anti-seizure medication, she became more alert and her overall health improved. Before PKT Nina had frequent episodes of pneumonia and bronchitis, today, sneezing and coughing make her laugh and smile. Keto was a life-changing experience for the whole family!
Now Nina is enjoying life. Those who are fortunate to know her describe her as one of the most giggly, sweet, and enjoyable girls to be around. Her dad ran triathlons, and he would often run races pushing her in her wheelchair, they also participated in tag team races. She loves meeting and greeting people at church. She also enjoys music, watching videos, walking around the mall, and time in the pool. Nina also likes interacting with her ketobuddies.
Nancy says there has never been a day that she has regretted putting Nina on PKT. Initially, following PKT recipes is tough, there is a lot of measuring and weighing of ingredients. It gets easier and now she doesn’t think about it, it becomes a part of her daily routine.
Nancy says “I can’t imagine life without the ketogenic diet, it’s been a lifesaver. PKT has been the best thing I have ever done for my daughter.”
Author: Emma Hammer
Editor: Julie Barber