BY KEVIN RICHARDSON Fort Collins, Colorado (Reuters) – A woman with a rare condition that can cause cancer was treated at a Colorado health care facility on Monday for a cystic fibrosis diagnosis and is recovering after undergoing surgery, according to a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health.
Patient Kiana A. Fournier, 39, was admitted to the Fort Collins Health System last month with the cystic-fibrosis condition, according the spokesman, Joe Wojcik.
Fuddles started in her throat and chest.
She was diagnosed with the condition on Sept. 17 and was hospitalized for six days.
The condition is treatable with antibiotics, but patients with the genetic disorder can have severe side effects, including respiratory infections and heart disease.
Patients can receive up to $3,500 in outpatient treatment.
She has received more than $10,000 in outpatient and inpatient medical care at the hospital.
Fournier was released on Wednesday, Wojcick said.
She had been in the hospital for about a month, but her condition has improved.
She is in a wheelchair, which helps her breathe and her breathing is labored, he said.
She’s expected to recover in about two weeks.