A COTTAGE GROVE TEENAGER NOW SAYS HE IS TAKING LIFE
ONE DAY AT A TIME....AFTER BEING CRITICALLY ILL FROM
A MYSTERY ILLNESS.
-- MICHELLE --
NEWS THREE'S MARY JO OLA HAS HIS STORY AND DETAILS
INTO NEW D-N-A SEQUENCING.
THAT HELPED SOLVED A MEDICAL MYSTERY..
JOSH WALKING ONTO TRAMPOLINE
IT'S SPRING...AND LIKE ANY OTHER TEENAGER JOSHUA OSBORN
CAN'T BE STUCK INDOORS.
JOSH OSBORN/15 YEARS OLD: 2030 i feel wonderful today
it's degrees 33
IT'S A WELCOME CHANGE FROM LAST SUMMER HERE...IN THE
HOSPITAL, IN A COMA.
JOSH OSBORN/15 YEARS OLD: 1026 i don't really remember
much about being in the hospital 29
BUT THIS WAS SOMETHING ELSE.
JOSH OSBORN/15 YEARS OLD: 0547 so i just wouldn't
be able to focus or concentrate even if i wanted to
i just wanted to stay in one room where it was dark
HIS SYMPTOMS BEGAN LAST APRIL .
WITH FEVERS AND HEADACHES.
AND QUICKLY GOT WORSE.
CLARK OSBORN/JOSH'S DAD: 0300 he needed to be hospitalized
JOSH DOESN'T REMEMBER THE HOSPITAL STAY.
HIS DAD CLARK DOES.
CLARK OSBORN/JOSH'S DAD: 0649 they tested for everything
they tested for viruses and bacteria and ultimately
he had a brain scan and two or three spinal taps 57
JOSH HAD MENINGITIS AND ENCEPHALITIS THAT KEPT GETTING
WORSE...BUT NO ONE KNEW WHY.
CLARK OSBORN/JOSH'S DAD: 1014
we just knew without a shadow of a doubt that they
were doing all that they could so we just had to trust
god and wait 22
JOSH'S DOCTOR AT U-W HEALTH REACHED OUT TO RESEARCHERS
AT UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO....AND CONNECTED
WITH DOCTOR CHARLES CHIU.
CHARLES CHIU, MD, PhD/UC-SAN FRANCISCO: 0029 we knew
that we had an urgency that we had to act since he
was critically ill at the time 33
CHIU WROTE THE CODE FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL DNA TEST THAT
WOULD ULTIMATELY GIVE THE OSBORN'S AN ANSWER.
USING JOSH'S DNA...THE PROGRAM
TESTED 10 MILLION SEQUENCES...CHIU
HAD HIS ANSWER.
IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS THE SEQUENCING SHOWED LEPTOSPIRA---A
BACTERIAL DISEASE--WAS THE CULPRIT.
CHARLES CHIU, MD, PhD/UC-SAN FRANCISCO: 0107
the ability to take your reseach and translate to
care of patients there probably isn't a kind of better
feeling in the world 0112
JOSH WAS TREATED WITH PENICILLIN AND HIS HEALTH IMPROVED
OVER A COUPLE OF DAYS.
JOSH OSBORN/15 YEARS OLD: 2457 all i can tell you
is im happy to be alive 03 i have dreams and im looking
forward to accomplishing them 10
IN THE MEANTIME HE'LL ENJOY EVERY MOMENT HE HAS WITH
HIS LITTLE BROTHER AND FAMILY.
IN COTTAGE GROVE MJO WISC-TV NEWS.
FOR JOSH, THOSE DREAMS INCLUDE EITHER BEING A SINGER
OR WORKING IN FILM.
JOSH EXPERIENCES MILD SEIZURES EVERY NOW AND THEN,
BUT HIS DAD SAYS THE ILLNESS IS RESOLVED.
THE D-N-A TEST DOCTOR CHIU CREATED IS EXPERIMENTAL
AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES IT WAS USED IN
A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS.
HE'S GIVING AWAY THE CODE BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN MAKING
IT AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.