"It seems as if your son has damaged some neurons in his brain that regulate the release of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls motor movements, and the lack of enough dopamine in the brain is what leads to Parkinson's disease. Although we are not sure just yet, because we need to observe a bit more, we think Pat has acquired Parkinson's through the damage of almost all of his dopamine regulating cells."
"How is that possible?" Pat's father exclaimed. "Only old people get Parkinson's disease."
"I know this is very shocking news, but that is our current diagnosis, and we will do whatever we can to fully figure out what has happened to Pat. If we are correct so far, this is an extremely unique case in which we do not know how the damage was caused, yet we should be able to help the symptoms with medications and therapy."
"But Pat won't be able to play basketball anymore? We can't be sure that... [continues]
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