Real Name: Christina Smith
Case: Medical Mystery
Date: February 1989
CaseEditDetails: A six-and-a-half year old girl named Christina Smith was stricken with a mysterious brain ailment in February of 1989 that killed three other family members of hers, including her cousin Dominique, Delanna and Urian all succumbed to this deadly disorder.
Although the doctors did not believe that Christina would live, she was finally sent home in a comatose state to die. Her mother didn't want to give up on Christina, her mom talked, sang, dance, read daily. Her mom would carry her frail limp body every morning, place her on her wheelchair walk her around the neighborhood and take to her school. Even though Christina was in a coma, her mother believed that she would wake up one day. "I just dont want Christine to think we forgot about her. I want her to know we still love her," her mother said. Six months later, she awoke from her coma. Christina's illness left her with mild mental retardation, ataxia, speech impairment and seizure disorder. With consistent care, therapy and love from her family, her condition improved rapidly. Now, her family wants to find out what the mysterious disease was and wants to find other families that are suffering from the same disease.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the April 4, 1990 episode.