A ‘healthy and active’ mother, who went to bed thinking she had a stomachache, revealed her devastation after waking up paralyzed from the waist down.
44-year-old Amis Iles-Toth of Hemel Hempstead enjoyed a normal weekend with a 10-year-old son and did a post-mortem at a farm and went to the postoffice with his son, Almos Otvos, but woke up the next morning with a stomachache.
Exactly five days later, the mother-in-law, who was always active and enjoyed running with her son, was bedridden and paralyzed in both her legs.
An MRI scan revealed that the 44-year-old myelitis infection occurred in a ‘one-in-a-million’ condition, causing swelling on her spine and she now has to learn to walk again.
He reported that he was rarely already suffering from health issues, revealing: ‘There were no accidents, no warnings beforehand. There was swelling, so this is not something I have done myself by accident or anything.
‘I was not even ill. I am a fairly healthy person to be honest, which is why it was a shock to the system.
‘With vision, I had sensitivity to the skin around my navel, but you don’t really think about it.
‘There is a slight sensitivity on your skin and then it goes away.
‘Then I woke up with a really strong stomach ache. When I turned my stomach it went on my back. ‘
He continued: ‘It was really bad around my middle part and that was the pain right here.
‘Skin sensitivity also intensified. I had to sit upright while driving because I could not lean because it was too painful [the seat] Touched my skin.
‘When my right knee started acting, it was not properly supporting my weight and I was lame.’
Yet the brave mother-in-law determined to continue her life as the best, revealing: ‘I still went to work, went to work and sent my son to school, but I was sick too Started.
Over the week, Amy’s health began to deteriorate and she decided to seek medical attention.
He revealed: ‘I called the GP and went to see him and he said that it was not gastric.
‘My right leg was not behaving. I could not fully control it with my knee. By that time the pain had gone into my stomach and something had become numb in my thigh.
‘He thought that I had bare my spine and am very worried. He immediately sent me to A&E.
“My son’s father took me to A&E and I went in, and I didn’t leave home.”
Within five days of waking up with initial abdominal pain, Amyz was paralyzed in the hospital and was in bed.
At first he feared it might be cancerous – but a lumbar puncture showed no malignant cells and despite other tests Amaze tested negative for any infection, but an MRI showed he had swelling in his spine.
He was treated with steroids and since his swelling he made it clear how to walk with the help of a physiotherapist.
Despite being able to progress and walk with the aid of a shimmering frame, Amies’ right knee is closed and stuck due to hyperextension.
She explained: ‘The first two weeks I cried a lot. This was mainly because I was always very active and very independent. My feet were falling on me as if destructive. ‘
Amis said she was shocked to find out the rare condition, and believed she had never heard of it before.
She said: ‘I hadn’t even heard of it before, and I actually graduated from high school as a nurse. I had never heard of this condition myself.
‘This is a very rare condition. I am ‘one-million’ because it affects one to two people out of a million. It is rare indeed. Strange things always happen to me, so there you go. ‘
The mother-in-law has not been able to stay at home since October 2019 and claims that even when she agreed to her condition, she cries for not staying with her 10-year-old son.
He said: ‘I had fewer bad days than before. Everything shrank in relevance compared to this.
‘My bad days are mainly because I am away from my family, this is not a condition.
‘Sometimes I cry because of the condition, but it’s mainly because I miss everyone and want to go home.’
The sales manager is now raising money to purchase a Bioness L300 GO stimulation system that will send electrical impulses to stimulate his leg and lift it off the ground.
The specialist equipment costs £ 10,000 and is not available on the NHS, but it will help her son walk and return home.
Emmys said: ‘It will be a game-changer for me. It will change my life.
‘I know it sounds silly, but every time I think about it I feel so good, I feel a lot of positive warmth inside me and I know that helps me in the final stages of my recovery. Gonna do.
They say that a positive mindset and determination are 90% better. I am generally a positive person and I have accepted it.
‘My leg still stays’ [in hyperextension] And it is very difficult for me to bend it. This is it [the equipment] helps.
‘It also helps with weak hamstrings so that you can actually lift your leg better and more easily. It helps you to go up and down the stairs. ‘
He said: ‘I hope it will take me only six months to get rid of this last thing, and then I will be back to normal.’
You can donate here on the GoFundMe page of Emmys.
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