New Mexico Girl, 4, contacting COVID-19 after developing left paralysis and developing a rare neurological disorder

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A 4-year-old girl is paralyzed after being diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder affecting the spinal cord, as a result of a novel coronovirus contraction.

According to KOAT, Stella Martin was airlifted to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico in April 2020 after complaining of her mother’s back pain.

Her mother, Cassandra Yazi, told the news station that Stella soon wrapped herself in her arms and had to be admitted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

There, Stella was diagnosed with novel coronovirus and acute transverse myelitis, Yaji said.

Doctors believe that Stella’s antibodies started attacking her spinal cord, causing inflammation, KOAT reported.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord that often damages the insulating material covering the cytoplasmic fibers.

The disorder interrupts messages that send spinal nerves throughout the body, causing pain, muscle weakness, sensory problems, bladder and bowel disease, or paralysis.

Stella, whose father died of complications associated with COVID-19 after being hospitalized, spent eight months at UNM before being discharged on Monday.

In a video shared by UNM Health Sciences on Facebook this week, Stella was escorted out of the hospital, praising medical staff.

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“After a serious bout with COVID-19, 4-year-old Stella Martin is leaving UNM Hospital. Stella arrives at the hospital in April after contracting COVID-19. She spent more than 5 months in the pediatric ICU and CTH. Arrived in Acute. Service in October where she will celebrate her fourth birthday, “UNM Health Sciences said in the post.

“We celebrate her recovery and the hard work and dedication of our health care team who work tirelessly to help patients like her.”

Yazi told KOAT that Stella is gaining strength in her hands and feet, although doctors have said that she is unlikely to recover fully.

“I just want everyone to be safe, not to take COVID lightly,” she said, “because it is affecting my daughter in a big way.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Stella. As of Friday, it has raised more than $ 5,000 of its $ 50,000 goal.

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