Carol is a mother of two who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. She lived a normal life for years with few symptoms of the disease. Carol decided to go on a new medication, which only had a 1% risk of possible brain infection. Tragically, she became 1 in 50 people in the United States to develop complications from this medication. Carol developed a brain infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). She spent six months in a coma-like state and is now fully paralyzed and bound to a wheel chair as a result of the medication.
Currently, Carol’s daughters are trying hard to keep their mom living at home and avoiding having to put her into an assisted living facility. The cost of 24-hour home care and all of the medical expenses are tremendous and is making it a struggle for the family to keep up.