GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – A Greenville County father is speaking out about his son’s journey with AFM after the illness continues to make headlines.
Brandon Noblitt’s diagnosis came when he was six in August of 2016. His father Brian tells 7News he was one of the first to receive a number of treatments since this is such a rare illness.
His diagnosis came after going to the hospital with a fever and cold symptoms that later escalated to paralysis on one side of his body. Now through therapy and nerve transplant surgeries, he is able to walk with just a brace on one leg, but still doesn’t have full function back in one arm or leg.
As this illness continues to hit the headlines, his parents want to bring more awareness.
“Research is going to help fund and find out what causes this and find out how to prevent this because obviously I don’t want anyone else to go through what Brandon and our family has gone through in this process,” Noblitt said.
The CDC first started seeing an outbreak of AFM in 2014. Just this year, 62 cases have already been confirmed in 22 states while 65 more are being investigated.