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St. Louis doctor may have found a fix for polio-like diseases affecting children across the United States news headlines

ST. LOUIS ( – Brian Noblitt says it took only a week for his son Brandon's health to deteriorate in…

ST. LOUIS ( – Brian Noblitt says it took only a week for his son Brandon’s health to deteriorate in 2016. “One Saturday we played baseball, everything was normal,” he told correspondent Adriana Diaz. “Tuesday to Wednesday, cold symptoms. And since the week was gone, had headaches and neck pain.”

Days later Brandon could not use his legs to leave the bed. “I knew then something was wrong,” Brian said.

“What did you think?” asked Diaz.

“Your mind does not go to paralysis.”

A physician diagnosed Brandon with acute weak myelitis or AFM. Brandon, now 8 years old, was wheelchair-bound.

Little is known about the rare, poliological condition that most commonly occurs in children. Symptoms include sudden arm or leg weakness and reflex loss.

When asked what was the hardest part for him, Brandon said, “While all your friends are running and playing, it’s only hard to sit in bed and do nothing all the time.”

His family turned to End to Dr. Amy Moore, Washington University in St Louis. “My goal with the children with AFM was to restore hip stability and then movement of the upper legs,” she said.

Brandon would get what a doctor says is a first-class operation that made him go again.

Moore says she is the only doctor in the United States to perform nerve transfers on the lower extremities of the children. “I used what they have. They angled the toes and then I could move a nerve that angles the toes to the hips.”

Surgeons at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital also see successes with nerve transmission surgery to help children after a match with AFM.

Fourteen months ago, Moore performed the nerve transfer on Brandon’s leg at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. According to Dr. Moore, children usually respond best to this type of surgery because their nerves grow back faster. She said that nerve transfers are most successful within nine months of diagnosis.

Last week’s check-up, Brandon went again. “It’s been amazing,” he said. “Thanks to Miss Doctor Moore, can I go out, play with my brothers, play football.” He said that he only uses his wheelchair to play basketball.

The reason for AFM is still unknown, but it appears to develop after a viral disease. According to the CDC, nearly 400 people have been diagnosed since 2014.

The fall nailed in August after a cradle in 2017. CDC has confirmed 72 cases in 24 states this year.

During a new interview for “CBS This Morning”, the CDR director told Dr. Robert Redfield, co-host John Dickerson, demanded a special working group to investigate AFM. “It’s a very rare condition, about one in a million,” he said. “It does not seem to be transferable from human to human. We do not see grouping in families.”

While the CDC tries to determine the cause, Dr. Moore to help the victims.

“My intention is to give these families hope that there are alternatives if they get this horrible diagnosis,” she says.

Brandon says the horrible diagnosis gave him new basketball friends and has inspired him to one day drive a career in medicine. He told “CBS This Morning” he wants to be a surgeon like Dr. Moore.

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