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The Inside Story: Hamilton teen sleeping her life away

An extremely rare disorder known as the sleeping beauty syndrome is robbing a 17-year-old Hamilton girl of the best years of her life.

In 2010, Kaitlyn Terrana started having episodes when she would sleep for as many as 23 hours a day for about eight days in a row.

“I honestly felt like I was drugged for an entire month,” Kaitlyn said.

“I went bungee jumping and I don’t really recall it at all.”

It wasn’t until four months ago that she was diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, which affects fewer than 200 people worldwide.

There is no treatment and the cause is yet unknown, but researchers believe it could be an autoimmune disorder with a genetic component.

Click on the video link to watch Kaitlyn’s story.