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The Inside Story honoured by Canadian Medical Association

A CityNews report about a teen who had brain surgery to treat a neurological disorder is being honoured by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Reporter Avery Haines and editor Shayla Scott received a special mention for the CMA’s Media Awards for Health for an August 2012 story on Mathew Sheppard, a 13-year-old with myoclonus-dystonia.

The condition made Mathew’s muscles contract and caused him to shake uncontrollably.

“We’re so grateful to Mathew for sharing his brave journey with The Inside Story, and what an honour to have that story recognized by such a prestigious organization,” Haines said.

A panel of journalists and health care professionals chose the winners from more than 100 submissions in 11 categories.

“Each year, we are increasingly impressed with the quality of health-related journalism we see,” CMA president Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti said in a statement.

“Reporters show an incredible ability to cover emotional and complex topics in way that Canadians can understand.”

The CMA will hand out the awards at a ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 2.

To watch The Inside Story series on dystonia, click here.