Young Mom With Alzheimer's Doesn't Know She Gave Birth
By tricksy_rabbit, Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2010 1:28 AM CDT
Promoted on Newser Apr 13, 2010 10:00 AM CDT
   (AP)

(User Submitted) – Rebecca Doig gave birth to a healthy baby daughter named Emily last week, but she doesn't know that she's a mom—or even that she was pregnant. The 31-year-old Australian woman suffers from rapid-onset Alzheimer's, and doctors discovered that she was pregnant while doing a series of scans to determine what was causing her severe memory loss.

Husband Scott Doig told the Daily Telegraph, "It's hard to see your wife lose that. Once she was so energetic and youthful. But she's my life and I'm not giving up on her." Since Emily's birth by Cesarean section, she has been found to not carry the gene that would predispose her to develop her mother's condition. Rebecca Doig is believed to be the first woman to be affected by this extremely rare form of Alzheimer's disease. Read the full article.

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dalecox
Apr 14, 2010 12:00 PM CDT
WILL SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH THIS CASE PLEASE RESPOND. WE NEED TO COMPARE NOTES. SOMETHING CAUSED THE GENE MUTATION.
dalecox
Apr 13, 2010 11:21 PM CDT
My daughter died of early onset alzheimers at the age of 32 in 2000. She began having problems at age 20 while in college but she graduated. She also was diagnosed with depression and having over protective parents, etc. Doctors would not consider alzheimers, which I suggested. There were no test to confirm alzhemiers at that time. It was only confirmed by an autopsy by Baylor College of Medicine and Mayo Clinic in the USA. The Doig family is in for some really hard times. This disease at an early age is worse than you can imagine. I hope Scott's and Rebecca's family is helping. And, I wish I had a grand daughter. I would like to hear from the Rebecca's doctors.
dalecox
Apr 13, 2010 9:57 PM CDT
Nine months ago she probably was capable.