Seven-year-old Wyatt Shaw suddenly fell into a deep sleep, which lasted 11 days. A few hours before falling into a strange state, the child was on a visit at the wedding of his uncle and behaved as usual. In the evening, when he got home, he went to bed. When the boy’s mother could not wake him the next morning, she brought the child to the hospital.
According to his mother, Emily Shaw, after she was bothering her son to wake him in the morning, he woke up for a moment, but then fell asleep again. The frightened woman took the boy first to the nearest clinic in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and after the doctors sent the child for examination in Louisville.
In the hospital, the boy was given five electroencephalograms, three MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), one MRA (Magnetic resonance angiography) procedure, and three lumbar punctures. Also checked for parasites, viruses, bacteria, infections, causing drowsiness. Have checked up and on an encephalitis. However, careful examinations could not give an answer, why the boy fell into a dream, like a lethargic one.
After 11 days, Wyatt suddenly woke up from sleep after he had injected a medicine against seizures. At the same time he was partially immobilized. Doctors contacted the Mayo Clinic hospital in Minnesota and London specialists, trying to find the cause of the 11-day sleep in the child.
“One of the doctors in London told us that there was a case in his practice when a child fell asleep for 10 days,” says Rhonda Thompson, the boy’s grandmother.
One of the possible causes of Wyatt’s condition may be a very rare Klein-Levin Syndrome (also called the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome). This is an extremely rare neurological disorder characterized by periodic episodes of excessive drowsiness (hypersomnia) and constriction of consciousness.
Patients sleep most of the day (up to 18 hours, and sometimes longer), waking up only to eat and go to the toilet; become irritable or aggressive if they are not allowed to sleep. It is extremely difficult to awaken them at the same time. The disease occurs most often in adolescence.
Another possible cause may be abnormalities in the work of the hypothalamus and thalamus, responsible for sleep regimes.
When Wyatt awoke after a long sleep, he could not walk, talk, swallow food. Doctors are not sure that he will fully return to normal, but his condition is gradually improving. He has already started talking and every time he moves more confidently.