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Bailey Main sits with his mother, Kathy Griffith, as he prepares to apply medicine to his lips, which are riddled with lesions as a result of Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Photo by Matthew Hundley



Originally published: 2013-05-15 13:33:01
Last modified: 2013-05-15 13:32:59

Survivor's spirit

Matthew Hundley / (matthew.hundley@averyjournal.com)

For the past two months, Avery County High School has held its breath as one of its own, Bailey Main, struggled through the ravages of a rare condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Main is now recovering after multiple stays in the hospital, trying to regain nearly 25 pounds of lost weight and battling a constant onslaught of blisters at various spots on his body.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is characterized by a reaction to certain antibiotics or even non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. The reaction usually consists of burn-like blisters at various places on the body, often resulting in blindness and the need for skin grafts. Stevens-Johnson syndrome can become lethal if the blistering is internal, usually because lesions in the mouth and throat prevent the patient from being able to eat.

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