Student healing from rare medicine reaction

NEW ORLEANS -- You may remember the stories we did on a high school student whose life was changed forever from a rare reaction to a common medication.

Now you can help the family raise awareness and help with medical costs.

Four years ago St. Mary's Academy junior Jasmin Bindom was shopping with friends for graduation dresses. But at just 16 years old she spent months in a coma, on a ventilator in the burn unit at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Back in 2012, her mother recalled the fear.

"Her face was like this (large), her body was like that (large), and she was just lying there she wasn't moving," said Patricia Bindom in 2012.

Jasmin had toxic epidermal necrolysis, or TEN for short, the most aggressive form of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It looks similar to third-degree burns. Doctors think it was a reaction to taking a common over-the-counter pain reliever.

Dermatologist Dr. Sarah Jackson is not Jasmin's doctor, but has treated this rare reaction in other patients.

"We think that the drug causes massive skin cell death, and with this skin cell death the epidermis of the skin actually becomes detached from the surface of the body," Dermatologist Dr. Sarah Jackson said. She is an assistant clinical professor at LSU Health Sciences Center and in private practice at Audubon Dermatology near Touro.

She said to always tell your doctor if you or family members have had adverse reactions to medications.

"Certain populations of people will process drugs differently than other people," Dr. Jackson said.

Today Jasmin is studying biology at Dillard. Her hair has grown back. She and her mom can't talk to the media because of litigation. Relatives say she is better but still suffering.

"Jasmin has had over 35 surgeries, and that's a series of procedures that are done in Lafayette approximately once a month. She's also seeing other doctors for other complications. Jasmin has her ups and downs. She has her highs and lows, needless to say, but she has a very strong and praying family who, you know, just goes all out to make sure those spirits are up and the lows are minimized," said Nicole Parker who is married to Jasmin's first cousin.

The family is hoping you'll join them in for an awareness event in Cypress Park in Belle Chasse this Saturday. The Stevens-Johnson awareness walk and fundraiser begins at 9 a.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. There will be food, music, t-shirts, children's activities and a special appearance by New Orleans Saints player Keenan Lewis.

For more on the walk or on how to donate, call 504-905-4049 or 504-460-5972.


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