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Seriously Ill Teen Draws Strength From The Memory Of His Late Grandmother

Friday 17 August 2018


From 9Honey:


Dominic Slattery with mum Elizabeth
Dominic with mum Elizabeth at the Starlight
30th anniversary celebration. (Supplied)

Seriously ill teen draws strength from the memory of his late grandmother

By Jo Abi
14 August, 2018
© 2018 Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Dominic Slattery is one of the most social teenagers I have ever encountered. I met him at a recent event and he was so distracted while I was interviewing him.

In his defence, there were a lot of celebrities, cupcakes, fun and entertainment happening around us at the time - we were at the Starlight Children's Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Virgin Australia Lounge at Sydney Airport.

Dom, 17, has suffered from chronic illness for the past approximately four years after failing to recover from a virus both he and his brother contracted.

"My brother and I both got a virus," he told 9Honey. "His went away and mine didn't."

Dom was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a condition in which a change from lying to standing causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, and often begins after a viral infection.

However that wasn't the end of Dominic's health problems. After his initial diagnoses, doctors began to suspect there was something else going on - a more serious underlying condition making his recovery even more difficult.


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