A mother-of-four from Maine has died from the incredibly-rare human form of Mad Cow Disease.

Sandi Kennedy, who lived in the town of Kennebunk, first became ill with a cough and vertigo in November. Her health deteriorated rapidly and doctors struggled to find what was wrong with her, despite a barrage of tests for neurological conditions and cancer.

By Christmas Eve, the 38-year-old nurse – mother to Tucker, nine, twin boys Asher and Gunner, five and a daughter, Skyler, two – was admitted to hospital with symptoms similar to that of a stroke patient.

Last month she was diagnosed with CJD, a rare and aggressive disease that attacks the brain and has no cure.

It affects just one in a million people in the U.S, and unfortunately she was that one person.

She died on Monday.

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