Annabel Beam suffered from intense and chronic stomach pain and was unsuccessfully treated in her home state of Texas. With hope guiding them, Annabel and her family traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital for a second opinion. Dr. Samuel Nurko, director of the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center, diagnosed and treated Annabel for pseudo-obstruction – a rare and chronic disorder of the intestinal tract.

Read about Annabel’s medical journey, and the experience that led her to Hollywood.

About Pseudo-Obstruction

Pseudo-obstruction is a rare and chronic gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms often mirroring a bowel obstruction or blockage. Approximately 100 infants are born with congenital pseudo-obstruction in the U.S. every year.

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The Annabel Fund

The Motility Research and Treatment Discovery Fund in honor of Annabel will support Dr. Sam Nurko’s most urgent priorities in research, patient care and physician training. Kindly support the Fund with a donation.


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