Four-Year-Old Girl in New Mexico Left Paralyzed After Contracting Coronavirus and Developing Spinal Disease


A 4-year-old girl is paralyzed after being diagnosed with acute transverse myeliti, rare neurological disorder that affects the spine, as a result of contracting the novel coronavirus.

Stella Martin was rushed to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico, in April 2020 after complaining to her mom about back pain, according to KOAT.

Her mother, Cassandra Yazzie, told the news station that Stella soon went limp in her arms and had to be airlifted to UNM HospitalĀ in Albuquerque.

There, Stella was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and acute transverse myeliti, Yazzie said.

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

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

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

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Gabrielle Chung