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LEBANON, Tenn. – A disease affecting one in a million people has changed the life of a family in Middle Tennessee forever. WTVF reports a year ago that a doctor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center diagnosed a Lebanese father with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as the human form of mad cow disease. Danielle Gibson said she knew something was wrong when her husband Tony began to act strangely and became very forgetful. "I had to notice the rooms in our house," said Danielle. "He would get lost to the grocery store and someone would call me and say," We have your husband. "" Danielle took Tony to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a month of tests diagnosed a neurologist 32-year-old with CJD. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt, said that CJD is a rare brain disorder that usually affects about 300 people in the United States each year. Tony Gibson, but generally said that patients may be worried, depressed, confused, recalled and unable to complete basic tasks. "This is a very tragic disease where there is no treatment," says Dr. Schaffner. "Patients drops to withdrawal, and eventually a semi-comatose state. " Danielle said that doctors initially gave Tony a year to live. He still lives, but requires 24 hours hard at a nursing home in Hendersonville. "This is the most devastating thing I've ever seen," said Danielle Gibson. "I have seen many terrible things. I have seen ALS, but it must be the worst." Creutzfeldt-Jakob's…

LEBANON, Tenn. – A disease affecting one in a million people has changed the life of a family in Middle Tennessee forever.

WTVF reports a year ago that a doctor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center diagnosed a Lebanese father with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as the human form of mad cow disease.

Danielle Gibson said she knew something was wrong when her husband Tony began to act strangely and became very forgetful.

“I had to notice the rooms in our house,” said Danielle. “He would get lost to the grocery store and someone would call me and say,” We have your husband. “”

Danielle took Tony to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a month of tests diagnosed a neurologist 32-year-old with CJD.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt, said that CJD is a rare brain disorder that usually affects about 300 people in the United States each year. Tony Gibson, but generally said that patients may be worried, depressed, confused, recalled and unable to complete basic tasks.

“This is a very tragic disease where there is no treatment,” says Dr. Schaffner. “Patients drops to withdrawal, and eventually a semi-comatose state. “

Danielle said that doctors initially gave Tony a year to live. He still lives, but requires 24 hours hard at a nursing home in Hendersonville.

“This is the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen,” said Danielle Gibson. “I have seen many terrible things. I have seen ALS, but it must be the worst.”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease foundations report that there are several types of CJD that can be obtained sporadically, genetically or after exposure to infected human tissue under a medical procedure. Those diseases can not be transmitted by coughing or sneezing or sexual contact.

Danielle said she does not know how Tony got CJD. Doctors told her that it was rare that he was diagnosed at such a young age.

She hoped that his story would help educate others about the disease.

“People need to know about it and what symptoms to look for,” said Danielle Gibson. “We need funding for this.”

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