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Mother: I put my child to sleep. She could not move when she woke up



COLUMBUS, Ga. – A mother from Georgia only brought her child to bed one night to find out that the two-year-old could not move when she woke up.

Erica Palacio said her daughter was one of them three people in the state who were diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM.

Palacio said it started after her four children were recently ill.

"With one and a half weeks everything was better than Abigail," said Palacio. "She got sick, she stayed ill and she got even worse."

Abigail had a double ear infection, her left was panting and one morning she woke up and her left arm was completely paralyzed.

►RELATED: CHECK: What we know and do not know about AFM, the polio-like disease in 22 states

Palacio said the doctors had told her that little Abigail had AFM What many experts call a polio-like virus. It affects the nervous system and causes weakness. It can also cause your face to fall and bow your tongue, as well as swallowing and breathing.

Abigail is out of the hospital and is back in Columbus. She will continue her recovery through outpatient treatment. Her mother said that she had just started walking again, but it is not clear if the toddler will move in her arms again.

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control examines 1

55 reported cases across the country; 62 of these cases were confirmed in 22 states.

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OTHER RESOURCES:

► What is acute flaccid myelitis, the mysterious polio-like disorder in children?

► Rare, polio-like, crippling disease in children on the rise, says CDC

► Paralyzing polio-like disease affects more children, says Maryland Health Department

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