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lost in lyme

Dejay Cartwright had visited more than 400 lighthouses, and she was setting out to see another. She was an aficionado, so drawn to the charm of these quaint relics that she’d joined the Lighthouse Preservation Society. The home she shared with her adult daughter, Tiffany Cartwright, in Townsend, Del., was teeming with miniature replicas.

She’d invited Tiffany to join her that summer evening in 2015. The trail was longer than anticipated, though, and Cartwright’s walker kept catching in the path. After about a half-hour, she was too tired to continue, and they headed home.

Even so, Tiffany was delighted. It was the first time in years her 62-year-old mother had felt well enough for a substantial walk. Cartwright had been diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2003, and she’d suffered persistent symptoms ever since: coughing, runny nose, joint aches, poor sleep, low energy. She’d been forced to retire from running the family’s childcare business and now spent much of her time playing games online. Over the years she’d tried all sorts of treatments. Nothing helped. But she’d recently started seeing a new specialist, Henry Childers IV, in Georgetown, a 90-minute drive to the south, and felt encouraged. Childers had strawberry-blond hair, a strong jaw, and an authoritative manner, and he came recommended by Cartwright’s primary-care doctor.

Childers was licensed to practice medicine in Delaware, but he largely eschewed traditional treatments. During an initial consultation in July, he proposed starting Cartwright on a nine-week program. Four times a week she would drive to his private clinic, Delaware Integrative Medicine LLC, for infusion procedures, typically involving the mixture of ozone gas or vitamins with her blood. Cartwright called her mother, Dee, from Childers’s office, sounding optimistic. The cost would be around $9,700, all out-of-pocket. Dee volunteered her credit card number so Cartwright could start that same day.

Not long into the treatments, to prevent the frequent venous draws from becoming uncomfortable, Childers sent Cartwright to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., to have a port surgically inserted in her chest. This would allow the infusions to be done via a central line, as is done for chemotherapy. After a couple of weeks, Cartwright was feeling hale enough to scout for lighthouses.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Childers sent her back to the hospital

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