This Man Was Misdiagnosed And Spent 43 Years In A Wheelchair...Now He Can Walk

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that doctors and nurses are human beings and are just as likely to make mistakes as the rest of us. Unfortunately for doctors, when they make a mistake or misdiagnose someone, they can drastically change that person's life forever.

Rufino Borrego was just 13 when he was misdiagnosed by a doctor in Lisbon, Portugal. Physicians believed that Borrego had incurable muscular dystrophy. which subsequently left him wheelchair bound.

Rufino Borrego was just 13 when he was misdiagnosed by a doctor in Lisbon, Portugal. Physicians believed that Borrego had incurable muscular dystrophy. which subsequently left him wheelchair bound.

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After over 40 years of being confined to a wheelchair, a neurologist discovered that Borrego didn't suffer from muscular dystrophy, but a disease known as myasthenia.

After over 40 years of being confined to a wheelchair, a neurologist discovered that Borrego didn't suffer from muscular dystrophy, but a disease known as myasthenia.

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Myasthenia is a rare disease that weakens muscles. Fortunately for Borrego, it can be treated with the same medications used to alleviate asthma symptoms.

Myasthenia is a rare disease that weakens muscles. Fortunately for Borrego, it can be treated with the same medications used to alleviate asthma symptoms.

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Just a year after his new diagnosis, Borrego was able to walk for the first time in over four decades. Now at age 61, he is living a normal life.

Just a year after his new diagnosis, Borrego was able to walk for the first time in over four decades. Now at age 61, he is living a normal life.

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Borrego was able to quickly forgive the hospital that misdiagnosed his condition. He understood that a rare disease like myasthenia was almost unrecognizable during his youth.

Borrego was able to quickly forgive the hospital that misdiagnosed his condition. He understood that a rare disease like myasthenia was almost unrecognizable during his youth.

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I have to give this man so much respect. I'm not sure that I could ever forgive a misdiagnosis like that, but thankfully, he was given a second chance to live the life he always deserved.

 

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