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Patient Stories

Tackling Stevens Johnson Syndrome

When Katie Niemeyer was 16 years old, she had an extreme reaction to a new medication — leading to a diagnosis of Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Within days, she was hospitalized with second and third degree burns covering her entire body and given only a 50 percent chance to live. Today, she supports Mass. Eye and Ear research to tackle the devastating disease.

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Research Findings

Rewiring Potential

A Mass. Eye and Ear research team recently showed that the brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language).

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