Acute Flaccid Myelitis
Thomas Garcia's Bio
Thomas Garcia is an 8-year-old boy from Myersville, Md, suffering with Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Thomas is a quiet and caring child who loves to read, draw, build Legos and enjoys video games. He has a younger brother, Miles, when its nice outside they dress up in Super Hero costumes and battle in the yard.
Towards the end of September 2018 Thomas began to experience cold symptoms, after a few days he started to lose movement in his legs and neck. After a visit to his pediatricians’ office Thomas was sent to Frederick Memorial Emergency and then transported to Johns Hopkins Emergency. Thomas was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on October 3rd and diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis on October 6th, there are only 3 confirmed cases in Maryland. AFM is a rare disease that causes inflammation of the spinal cord that leads to paralysis. By the time of his diagnosis Thomas had lost all movement of his extremities and needed a ventilator to breath. He spent 35 days in intensive care before being transferred to Kennedy Krieger Institute to begin his recovery through intense physical therapies. Because there is so little known on the cause and recovery of AFM, there is no time line or determination of the extent of recovery. However, Thomas is working very hard every day and we hope to have him home in the next couple of months where he can be with his family and friends.
We appreciate any support given to Thomas to help him on his path to recovery.