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1:40, 24 October 2018

Oregon mom warns about &#039vicious&#039 polio-like illness that left daughter a quadriplegic


Oregon mom warns about &#039vicious&#039 polio-like illness that left daughter a quadriplegic

It&#x2019s been practically 4 years since McKenzie Andersen&#x2019s life flipped upside down.

Her mom, Angie Andersen, stated her 6-year-old daughter &#x201Chad the sniffles&#x201D whilst she was on Christmas break in 2014.

&#x201CDuring that time, her brother and I also got sick soon after she did,&#x201D Andersen told Fox News. &#x201CHers got worse, ours got better.&#x201D

In just 12 days, the youngster went from &#x201Csniffles&#x201D to complete paralysis, the Albany, Oregon, mom said. Doctors ran tests at the time and diagnosed McKenzie with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

AFM impacts &#x201Cthe location of spinal cord referred to as gray matter, which causes the muscle tissues and reflexes in the physique to turn out to be weak,&#x201D the Centers for Disease Manage and Prevention (CDC) explained.

Medical employees compared the diagnosis to &#x201Cthe death of an additional youngster,&#x201D Andersen recalled, adding she lost her initial son almost two decades ago. She said medical doctors told her to let go of &#x201Chopes and dreams&#x201D she&#x2019d had for McKenzie, and to rather generate new ones.

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So far, there have been 62 confirmed circumstances of the illness across 22 states this year, according to the CDC. But the overall health agency says there have been at least 155 reports of individuals below investigation for the polio-like illness.

Andersen hopes men and women will pay consideration as reports of AFM across the country continue to climb.

&#x201CWe need to get this under handle,&#x201D Andersen said.

McKenzie was put on a ventilator after the component of the brain that controls breathing and her spinal cord became swollen. Now 10 years old, the girl is &#x201Ca neck-down quadriplegic&#x201D and making use of a breathing machine.

McKenzie Andersen when she was younger.&nbsp

McKenzie Andersen when she was younger.&nbsp
(Angie Andersen)

Even so, there have been some minor improvements: McKenzie&#x2019s thumb is now working, and she&#x2019s felt &#x201Csome flickers all through her fingers.&#x201D The youngster also regained some appropriate hip flexion and can &#x201Cfinger stroll&#x201D utilizing her left hand, Andersen&#xA0added.

McKenzie is acquiring spinal rods inserted on Oct. 31 to aid appropriate her scoliosis, which she created&#xA0&#x201Cafter being&#xA0paralyzed&#x201D and has gotten worse,&#xA0Andersen stated.

If you notice any symptoms linked to the illness, Andersen advised receiving checked proper way.

&#x201C[It&#x2019s a] vicious monster of a disease,&#x201D she mentioned.

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Andersen also spoke about lengthy-lasting effects AFM patients might endure.

&#x201CEven youngsters that are significantly less affected, they have lengthy-term consequences from this disease,&#x201D she said.

Andersen also shared some suggestions for parents whose young children are diagnosed with the exact same&#xA0illness: &#x201CThere&#x2019s usually hope, don&#x2019t give up.&#x201D

McKenzie echoed these words as she continues to overcome important well being challenges.

&#x201CKeep fighting, it&#x2019s slow progress but it&#x2019s not no progress,&#x201D McKenzie told Fox News. &#x201CYou might feel that every thing&#x2019s over, but it&#x2019s not.&#x201D

Published at Tue, 23 Oct 2018 23:47:52 +0000


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