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AOK: Sick in hospital for 3 months, her mom by her side, we surprise them with a girls' day

Alexis Niemeyer and her mom, Sheila, needed some time to be pampered

Multiple sclerosis is usually considered to be a disease of young adults. But about five per cent of people with MS are diagnosed before their 18th birthday. 

After a series of misdiagnoses, 15-year-old Alexis Niemeyer ended up in the ICU at Health Sciences North and was air-lifted to SickKids Hospital in Toronto in December, where she was ultimately diagnosed with MS.

Alexis spent nearly three months in hospital with her mom Sheila by her side. This determined Sudbury teen had to re-learn how to speak and walk, and she's currently undergoing a new treatment in hopes of preventing any future relapses.

Alexis and Sheila recently returned home. Watch as we surprised them both with some much-needed R&R.

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