Bat J., Mongolia

Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea
Orthopedics

Bat was a 16-year-old girl dreaming of becoming a doctor, but while in high school the knuckles of her fingers became puffy, accompanied by pain in her neck and legs. Soon she was no longer able to walk properly. After her high school graduation, Bat was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and spent most of her time lying down, suffering from sores in her back and buttocks. She was then hospitalized for shock and was comatose in intensive care for a few days. After the coma, symptoms of paralysis, paresthesia, and pallor developed due to a decubitus ulcer in her right foot.

Having limited options in her home country of Mongolia, Bat went to China for further treatment but made no progress. Her older sister, Arionzel, researched Bat’s disease on the Internet and brought her to Korea on the advice of reporters who described the country’s advanced medical care. With their last hopes, the sisters traveled to Kyung Hee University Medical Center, where a dramatic course of treatment began.

Rheumatology professor Dr. Yeonah Lee diagnosed Bat with lupus and initiated outpatient treatment with medications in November 2007. In April 2008, however, Bat was hospitalized at the medical center with severe ankle pain and swelling. An insufficiency fracture in her right foot required a splint, and a dermatologist treated an inflammatory condition of her toes. Subsequently, she underwent two major skin graft surgeries for the sore in her buttocks, an operation to remove a tumor in her mouth, and repair of her damaged teeth.

Through continuous concentrated treatment, Bat gradually recovered. With her strong will and the devoted care of rehabilitation staff, she was finally able to walk on her own. Two weeks after discharge from the medical center, the formerly depressed girl was full of joy and hope. Today she is happily studying to attend college, her desire to become a doctor stronger than ever.

Two weeks after discharge from the medical center, the formerly depressed girl was full of joy and hope. Today she is happily studying to attend college, her desire to become a doctor stronger than ever.

Last updated on 6 December 2015