A rare polio-like disease affects more people across the country, in Wisconsin there are even six cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 116 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 31 states since November 2018. Studies on this disease started to increase in 2014 by the CDC, so that not enough definitive information is available.
TODAYS TMJ4 spoke with Adam and Bridget Sporrie in October. Adam Sporrie is slowly recovering from the disease. In August he suffered from AFM. Sporrie became paralyzed from the waist up, making speaking and breathing incredibly difficult at first. His wife Bridget, always by his bedside, says every day brings new hope.
"In recent months, Adam has found movement in his left arm again, he can now stand in therapy without neck support and go." says Sporrie.
CDC notes that the disease is rare and affects the nervous system. Of the 1
as the parents in the AFM Facebook group. They are angles and every problem we have we can go to the forums. Tell us what we are going through and say, "Is this symptom normal?" Sporrie says there is no fixed recovery time for AFM, and while his strength returns, the couple wants more answers, but unfortunately, there has not been enough research and she says that has to change.
"AFM is really rare, but that does not mean you should not know what to look for," says Sporrie.
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