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Patient at Oishei Children's Hospital suspected to have case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Oishei Children's Hospital said one of their patients is suspected to have a case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM, a polio-like disorder. 

The hospital is conducting more tests to confirm whether it is a case of AFM. 

AFM is a rare disorder that attacks the body's nervous system and can paralyze a child's arms or legs. Some people with the disorder will experience facial drooping and difficulty swallowing and speaking. 

The CDC has reported 38 confirmed cases of AFM so far this year, mostly in children. 

It's unknown exactly what causes it. 

If confirmed, Oishei says it will alert the CDC and the Dept. of Health. 

The mother of the suspected case told News 4 she and her three year-old son Kameron have been in and out of Oishei Children's Hospital for the past two weeks.

Krystal Toporcyzk says it all started from what she thought was the common cold. Kameron's symptoms grew worse and he eventually lost all mobility in his legs.

"I heard a thump, so I ran back into the bedroom and I'm like buddy are you okay? Did you fall? The thing that's wrong with him is that he can't walk or stand on his own and he has no reflex in his left knee and his left knee if very weak ," said Toporcyzk.

Toporcyzk says doctors diagnosed Kameron with AFM this week. He is expected to stay in the hospital for at least another two weeks.

"He was playing and running around and then the next morning it completely changed our whole life around. It's hard, really hard."


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