Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
25 Feb 2021
10:10 am

How a rare disease stole woman’s smile

Sipho Mabena

'I would know that I need to swallow my food but my muscles would not get the message so the food would just sit in my throat. I cannot swallow it down and I cannot cough it out.'

Megan Hunter (32) was a healthy child until she started battling to smile, speak, swallow and closing her eyes at the age of 15 years.

Megan Hunter (32) was a healthy child until she started battling to smile, speak, swallow and close her eyes when she was 15.Doctors said she had an eating disorder and that she was making it all up but eventually she saw a neurologist who diagnosed her with myasthenia gravis (MG), a rare, chronic neuromuscular disease that leads to skeletal muscle weakness.“The message between my nerves and muscles get blocked. I would know that I need to swallow my food but my muscles would not get the message so the food would just sit in my throat. I cannot swallow it...