This is so scary!
An unknown illness has spread out among at least 25 children in California leaving all of the young ones affected with respiratory problems and at least one paralyzed limb.
The parents of the first child known to suffer from this illness, Sofia Jarvis, want to get the word out to the public, and are teaming up with a pediatric neurologist to do so.
Sophia's parents and Dr. Keith Van Haren hope to raise awareness, funds, and hopefully a cure.
The parents' daughter Sophia, who is 4 years old, was originally diagnosed with asthma. But very soon after leaving the hospital - she found she could not use her left arm, and hasn't been able to use it since.
However, the parents, speaking at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in on February 23rd, know their child is in some respects lucky that her condition isn't worse.
Here's what they said:
“We know we are lucky that the virus did not affect other areas of her spine as that may have caused paralysis of her legs or worse, all four limbs.”
Although this is obviously super scary business, Dr. Van Haren wants everyone to know this isn't cause for other parents to panic. He said:
"We want to temper the concern, because at the moment, it does not appear to represent a major epidemic but only a very rare phenomenon."
The doctor has identified the disease as enterovirus-68, and says that the illness is in the same family as polio.
Hopefully they'll be able to find a cure very soon. But they'll need all of our help to do that!
Let's make people aware!
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