Children's Hospital patient to appear on Animal Planet series
Cable television channel Animal Planet was at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week to produce an episode of the series “Monsters Inside Me” about Precious Reynolds, the Humboldt County grade-schooler who in 2011 became the third person in the United States known to have survived rabies infection.
The team treating Precious was led by Jean Wiedeman, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases. Wiedeman coordinated her care with state, local and federal officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carol Glaser of the California Department of Public Health's Encephalitis and Special Investigations Section, and county health departments in Humboldt and Sacramento counties.
Portions of the Animal Planet program will include reenactments. These were taped at the Center for Virtual Care with the assistance of Program Manager William Hammontree.
In the photo at left, Producer Brent Lerash directs Wiedeman (far right, wearing mask), as Reynolds’ father, Willie, and grandmother, Shirlee Roby, look on. Precious is on the hospital bed. Wiedeman diagnosed Precious and continues to guide her care. Children's Hospital Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical-Care Medicine Theresa Murdock-Vlautin also was interviewed for the program. An airdate has not been set.