The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep: Boy Stayed Awake 24 Hours A Day for Years

Rhett Lamb is often cranky like any other 3-year-old toddler, but there's one thing that makes him completely different: he has a rare medical condition in which he can't sleep a wink.

Rhett is awake nearly 24 hours a day, and his condition has baffled his parents and doctors for years. They took clock shifts watching his every sleep-deprived mood to determine what ailed the young boy.

After a number of conflicting opinions, Shannon and David Lamb finally learned what was wrong with their child: Doctors diagnosed Rhett with an extremely rare condition called chiari malformation.

"The brain literally is squeezed into the spinal column. What happens is you get compression, squeezing, strangulating of the brain stem, which has all the vital functions that control sleep, speech, our cranial nerves, our circulatory system, even our breathing system," Savard said.


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ok, the kid will prbably never read this but, so what?!

Reg....THAT was dumb
matt....YOU are s****d!

how do you like that! matt will "probably never read this".
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Wow! some people are really uptight here. Last I remember this site is called neato-rama, not Amnesty International nor any MentaL Health website.

@clinton robert labombard That was funny.
@Reg Chill the f*ck out dude. No one is making fun of this child. He will never read this. You will d*e alone.
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If anyone has anything insensitive to add, please do not share your stupidity like Tim or Clinton Robert Lombombard just did.

If anyone wants to poke fun at this, then do not even bother making any comments whatsoever.

This is a kid for crying out loud. Would anyone of you guys want someone poking fun at you?
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I have definitely heard of this symptom and the releasing of fluid from the spinal cord. It is definitely rare but necessary for some people.

I feel that surgery should be the last resort. Maybe, they should wait for another 24 hours to decide, whether they should proceed with the surgery.

I am not trying to sound religious or offend anyone but have they tried prayer. With prayer and a lot of faith, it goes a long ways with every part of life.
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