TAYLORS, SC (WCBD) – A 3-year-old girl in the upstate is battling a polio-like illness.
It’s called Accute Flaccis Myelitis, or AFM — a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord.
Prelee Holocombe now spends her time in therapy, trying to regain her muscle strength to be able to fully walk.
Doctors diagnosed her with AFM shortly after problems began to emerge in February.
“Within 12-15 hours later she was put on a ventilator and paralyzed from the shoulders down,” explained the girl’s mother, Elizabeth Holocombe.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 127 case, of which 62 have been confirmed as AFM.
The CDC says there are a variety of possible causes of AFM, such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. They say most of the cases have been in children.