Chelsea Ashworth, then 10-years-old would be diagnosed with Lyme disease and a condition called Bartonella.
Bartonella is a bacterial infection carried by ticks and other insects that can cause abdominal pain and gastroparesis, a delayed emptying of the stomach due to a partial paralysis of the stomach muscle. These co-infections shut down Chelsea’s digestive system, leaving her unable to eat, drink or take any medication orally.
“The MIC-KEY*TJ/GJ tube is so much cleaner and easier to deal with and provides a better way to live,” said Chelsea. “I was able to shower, take baths; even swim if I wanted to.