RICHMOND, Virginia (WTVR)-
Maddie Hays has a mystery illness, and specialists she has seen are having trouble diagnosing it. Her parents are hoping by sharing pictures of their daughter’s, sometimes gruesome, symptoms, someone, somewhere will be able to offer some help.
“She has seen specialists in rhuemetology, immunology, dermatology and infectious disease. We are currently waiting on an appointment with hematology/oncology,” Erin Hays, Maddie’s mom, said.
Five years ago, the then-two-year-old Maddie broke out in a rash. Then, as mysteriously as it came, it went away.
Last fall, the now-seven-year-old’s face swelled up, and she had a rash all over.
“All the doctors and specialists we have seen think whatever is plaguing my daughter is extremely rare and yet no one can figure out what is going on,” Hays said. “It is attacking her body, scaring her face and causing lymph nodes to swell. It is making her afraid to be seen in public.”
Maddie currently does not attend school because of her condition. She has three younger siblings, and none of them have shown signs of the rash.
You can contact the Hays family through the Hope for Maddie Facebook page.