Man spends 43 years in wheelchair on wrong diagnosis

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A Portuguese man spent 43 years in a wheelchair because of a mistaken medical diagnosis, finally re-learning to walk only in his fifties, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
When Rufino Borrego was 13, he was diagnosed by a Lisbon hospital as having incurable muscular dystrophy, the Jornal de Noticias reported.
After that he used a wheelchair to get around for more than four decades -- until a neurologist realised in 2010 that he in fact suffered from a different disease that weakens the muscles, myasthenia. 
The rare disease can be treated simply by taking asthma medication -- and just a year after his new diagnosis, Borrego was able to walk for the first time to his usual neighbourhood cafe.
"We thought it was a miracle," Manuel Melao, owner of the cafe in Alandroal, southeast Portugal, told the newspaper.
Now aged 61, Borrego is able to live a normal life, requiring only two physiotherapy sessions a year.
He insists he harbours no ill-feelings against the hospital that made the original diagnosis, acknowledging that myasthenia was almost unknown in the medical profession in the 1960s.
Read more:http://www.wort.lu/en/international/portugal-man-spends-43-years-in-wheelchair-on-wrong-diagnosis-57e80187ac730ff4e7f66eed

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