WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- One day after Christmas, a teenager woke up to find that she couldn’t move her legs at all.
- Later at the hospital, she was diagnosed with having an extremely rare illness that affects one in a million.
- The teen told the outlet that she briefly experienced pain then numbing in her legs sometime after opening her presents on Christmas day.
As Isabel Kirby excitedly opened her gifts on Christmas morning, she had no idea that she would be unable to walk the next day.
News 5 Cleveland reported last week that the 13-year-old teen from Chippewa Lake, Ohio, complained to her parents of having pain in her legs some hours after opening her presents.
“My legs went in this big like pain and then went numb like that,” recalled Isabel to the outlet.
Thinking that she just had a muscle cramp, her parents rubbed her muscles and gave her a pain reliever.
Come the next morning, Isabel couldn’t move her legs at all.
Her parents rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, News 5 reported. According to Dr. Eric Robinette of Akron Children’s Hospital, the illness is extremely rare and the chances of contracting it are “a one-in-a-million type of likelihood”.
Isabel is now undergoing treatment and is expected to face weeks or months of rehab.
Noel, Isabel’s mom, called their daughter’s diagnosis a “bad dream”.
However, Isabel who plays catcher for her softball team thinks otherwise. She told the outlet that although her condition is a “lot to handle”, hopefully through rehab, she can walk again and gain her movements back.
“It’s like your own story, so you could like walk again. I just try to go with the flow, just try to push through,” she said.
A GoFund Me page has been set up to help the family pay for medical expenses.
“At this point, the family will, at minimum, have to pay 2019 and 2020 deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, plus daily travel to and from the hospital. They are overwhelmed by the sudden impact on their family, and grateful for any support we can give,” the family wrote on GoFund Me.
Since 2014, an increase in acute flaccid myelitis cases in every two years had been noted by the CDC. Though the illness has often been described as resembling polio, the CDC reported that all the stool specimens taken from AFM patients tested negative for poliovirus.