Lyme disease sufferers looking for more help from Canadian medical system
Chris Thompson, Windsor Star
Published on: May 27, 2016
Two years ago Francesca Ventimiglia was a healthy a vibrant aerobics instructor teaching as many as three classes a day.
Today she is wheelchair-bound, unable to walk, her sight and hearing impaired. She also had her breasts removed from a misdiagnosis of cancer.
Ventimigla has Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that is caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to people by black-legged ticks that get infected after biting mice or deer that carry the bug.
“We’re hoping to get her back,” said Francesca’s husband Joe, who figures his wife was bitten by a tick around their LaSalle home, although she didn’t notice it at the time.