Rare Diseases

North Mississippi boy successfully battles rare disease after care at Le Bonheur

Sutherland Smith

OXFORD, Miss–At the Smith home in Oxford, this is what the family calls managed chaos.

12-year-old Sutherland Smith is all boy. You might find him on the move on his bike, bouncing on his trampoline in his room, and sometimes even hanging out with his younger sisters.

His parents, Betsy and Andrew Smith, call it just a typical day in the life of Sutherland.

“You almost survive the day and manage chaos and the days go by so fast in the blink of the eye,” Betsy Smith said.

In the blink of an eye, the Smith’s know how life can quickly change. They remember when Sutherland suddenly came down with a fever at school.

” The school called and they said he has a 105 degree fever and I said alright. So I turn around and the babysitter meets me at the paediatrician office,” Betsy Smith said.

“Sutherland`s one symptom would come and go away. Another one would come and go away. Younger kids have it. Thank God the paediatrician caught it,” Andrew Smith said.

The tests determined that Sutherland had a rare disease.

“I had Kawasaki disease and they say it’s an autoimmune disease,” Sutherland said.

Kawasaki disease also affects your coronary arteries and it can be life-threatening.

“If it gets your heart and it damages your…