8-Year-Old Paralyzed By Rare Disease Recovering Slowly

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Landon, 8, recovering from transverse myelitis.

Landon, 8, recovering from transverse myelitis.

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Grosse Ile, Mich. (WWJ) – An eight-year-old Grosse Ile boy is still re-learning to walk after he was paralyzed by a rare disease.

Landon Johnson couldn’t walk after the antibodies his body created to fight a common childhood virus began attacking his spine. Landon’s dad, Andrew, says his son has not yet been able to return to school full time. He suffered a setback shortly after he was released from the hospital.

“He’s still working on, like, finger dexterity, you know, strengthen his hands — he used to work with putty and buttons and putting coins in a bank,” Johnson said. “And, he’s still working on his legs, but … he’s really made some great leaps and bounds; I mean, no pun intended.”

Although rare, Children’s Hospital sees several cases of Transverse Myelitis each year; some that start with something as simple as the common cold.

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