Georgia teen learns piano during treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

During treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a Georgia teen learns to play the piano

ATLANTA, Ga. – Doctors have been trying to figure out what was wrong with Demauris Taylor for months.

“He had been sick for about 6 months, seen a number of physicians, been to the emergency room a couple of times. He had been losing weight, his hair was thinning, he had a bad rash all over his body and really didn’t feel well,” said Dr. Gary Frank with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

His symptoms were unusual, and he eventually lost his sight. Demauris was 17 years old when he arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“He stayed for a time. “He saw a variety of doctors,” Dr. Frank explained.

“I thought I was going to be blind for the rest of my life,” Demauris, 17, said.

His mother wanted to make sure he still had some fight in him. Demauris discovered the hospital lobby’s piano when she ordered him to go exploring.

“It was a happy moment for me to see him still pushing through his problems,” Leighann Taylor said.

He learned the Michael Myers Halloween theme song by himself. It was enjoyable, but it also served as a distraction from his illness.

“I’d always wanted to play the piano because I liked the sound it made.” “I just never did,” Demauris explained. “All I need are my hands.” All I need are my senses. “I don’t really need my eyes.”

Demauris’ strange symptoms were eventually explained to the family.

“He followed up with one of our immune dysregulation specialists, who by that time had all of the lab work back and was able to start him on a medication which has helped him tremendously,” Dr. Frank said. “At the same time, we got him tied in with our ophthalmologists and he was able to get his cataracts repaired so now his vision is back to normal.”

“It was like taking a breather.” “We were finally able to get answers,” stated his mother.

In what was once a terrible circumstance, the lobby piano at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is now a beautiful memory.

“It is exciting for me to see him back here at the hospital, not as a patient,” stated the doctor.

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