She just wants some help

Early Edition: The St. Petersburg girl who has had the hiccups for three weeks will appear on the Today show Friday.

By Times staff
Published February 15, 2007

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Mee, who has had the hiccups for three weeks, is on her way to New York City to appear on the Today show Friday. The show plans to have a medical expert appear with Jennifer to try to help her, says her stepfather, Chris Robidoux.

"That's the reason we're doing this, to try to get her some help," Robidoux said today. "We don't want to give the wrong impression that Jennifer's just going for fun."

A St. Petersburg Times article describes how Jennifer has tried numerous home remedies and visited several doctors, to no avail. The hiccups stop only when she's sleeping.

Jennifer's mother, Rachel Robidoux, is accompanying her daughter to New York "for moral support," Chris Robidoux said. They will return tomorrow.

He said Good Morning America called too, but they're sticking with just one appearance. "We didn't want it to turn into a circus; we just wanted her (Jennifer) to get help."