4-year-old girl paralyzed after getting infected with COVID-19


  • Stella Martin, four years old, has been infected with COVID-19, resulting in acute transverse myeliti, a rare neurological disorder causing paralysis.
  • The little girl has braved eight months in the hospital and was finally discharged on Monday.
  • A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise $50,000 in support of her.

Stella Martin, a four-year-old girl from New Mexico, is paralyzed as a result of the coronavirus infection.

The little girl was rushed to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico, in April 2020 after complaining about her back pain to her mom, KOAT reported. She was then diagnosed with acute transverse myeliti, a rare neurological disorder that affects the spine.

Martin soon went limp in her arms and had to be airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, her mother Cassandra Yazzie told KOAT.

According to doctors, as reported by the news outlet, Martin’s antibodies started attacking her spinal cord, which caused inflammation.

Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord that often damages the insulating material covering nerve cell fibers, based on the Mayo Clinic. It interrupts messages that the spinal cord nerves send throughout the body, causing pain, muscle weakness, sensory problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, or paralysis.

Spending eight months at UNM, the four-year-old kid finally got discharged on Monday.

“After a severe bout with COVID-19, 4-year-old Stella Martin is leaving UNM Hospital. Stella came into the hospital in April after contracting COVID-19. She spent over five months in the Pediatric ICU and arrived in the CTH Acute Service in October where she would celebrate her fourth birthday,” UNM Health Sciences said in a video post.

Martin went out of the hospital with the help of a wheelchair while being cheered on by medical workers.

“We celebrate her recovery and the hard work and dedication of our health care team who work tirelessly to help patients like her,” the post continued.

Martin’s mother said that it is unlikely for her daughter to fully recover, as doctors have said. They had seen improvements though as she was getting strength back in her arms and legs.

“I just want everybody to stay safe, to not take COVID lightly,” Yazzie said, “because it is affecting my daughter in a big way.”

Martin’s father died from COVID-19 complications after Martin was admitted to the hospital.

In support of the brave four-year-old girl, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise $50,000 for her. As of Friday, there are $5,000 donations.

Source: PEOPLE.com

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