In 2014, a little girl passed out while sitting on the toilet. Finally, more than two years later, doctors have figured out what caused the episode and similar episodes that have taken place since.
Brooke Abate has spent the last four years trying to figure out what is wrong with her daughter, Jayla.
Abate found Jayla in 2014 “white and unresponsive,” after passing out while on the toilet. Jayla, then 6-years-old, was rushed to the hospital. Doctors at the time told her mother that it was just a virus and sent the girl home.
After that, however, Jayla began having episodes, in which she passes out, regularly.
According to The Advertiser, Brooke brought Jayla to see a number of doctors for testing on her heart. When doctors found nothing, they referred her for neurological testing at Tulane University in New Orleans. From there, she was referred back to a cardiologist. The results of all the testing came back normal, but Jayla continued to pass out on a regular basis.
“They were random,” Brooke told The Advertiser. “You never knew when it was going to happen.”
In early 2016, doctors inserted a heart monitor into Jayla’s chest to see if they could find anything abnormal, but she didn’t have an attack once while the monitor was in.
“Jayla didn’t have an episode the entire time,” Abate said. “It was crazy, like nobody was believing me. It made me feel like I was going nuts. One doctor even said, ‘I think it’s a cry for attention.”