Marcella’s journey with Acute Flaccid Myelitis started when she was five years old. On the evening of September 3, 2014, she started complaining of neck pain. By the next morning, she had a fever and was vomiting. We took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with swollen glands and put on antibiotics. The next morning, she woke up with upper arm weakness on her left side. We took her back to the doctor and an x-ray was conducted. The doctor said that the x-ray did not show anything out of the ordinary.
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, we took Marcella to the emergency room at a local hospital because she was now screaming with neck and upper back pain. At the hospital, they conducted a series of tests including blood work, urine analysis, spinal tap, and a CT scan. After the test results came in, they diagnosed her with meningitis and transferred her to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, LA.