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Mom Calls for More Education on Polio-Like State Impact on Children «CBS Denver



By Jeff Todd

LITTLETON, Colorado (CBS4) – Cooper Allen's cross-country season is drawing to a close. Wrestling should be next, but his arm is not good enough.

"I can not lift it up," he said.

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Jeff Todd of CBS4 interviews Cooper Allen. (Credit: CBS)

Cooper began on August 7, getting sick with fever and stiff neck. The 13-year-old would spend the rest of the summer in sickrooms. He was eventually diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis.

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(Credit: Amber Allen)

"Acute means sudden onset, flabby means flabby and myelitis has to do with the spinal cord," said Cooper's mother Amber Allen. "Maybe we never know where he got it from just because he understood it, and I read that your entire family may have a disease, but it only affects one child."

Amber has a Facebook group Found help with other families who either have or have had a child with the virus. There are many cases of AFM in which children completely recover from paralysis within a few months.

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19659006] "I really feel that there needs to be more education and more supervision, because not all states are required to report this to the CDC, so they can know who they are and have the opportunity to explore them and see what similarities each case has, "said Amber.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 15 cases of AFM were reported in Colorado this year.

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Cooper works rigorously to try therapy and rehab and get back movement in his upper left arm. If he does not improve in the next few weeks, he might try a nerve replacement surgery.

"It still changes your life if you have dreams for your children and you see that they are changing, he's still happy and healthy," Amber said. "He will not let him get the best of him."

LINK: Colorado Department of Public Health Acute Flaccid Myelitis Resources

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 at Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015, he has been working on the Front Range at Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @ CBS4Jeff .


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