HOLY. Brian Noblitt says it took only a week for his son's health to get worse in 2016. "One Saturday we played baseball, everything was normal," said correspondent Adrian Diaz. "Tuesday to Wednesday, cold-like symptoms, and when he unfolded a week, he had headaches and neck pain."
A few days later Brandon could not use his legs to get out of bed. "I knew there was something wrong," Brian said.
"What did you think?" Diaz asked.
"Your mind will not be paralyzed."
The doctor diagnosed Brandon with acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. Brandon, now 8, was tied to a wheelchair.
Very little is known about the rare condition that resembles the polio that most commonly occurs in children. Symptoms include sudden weakness of the arm or leg and loss of reflex.
When he asked what was the hardest for him, Brandon said, "While all your friends are running and playing, it's hard to sit down and do nothing all the time."
His family eventually turned to Dr. Amy Moore at the University of Washington, St. Louis. Louis. "My goal with children with AFM was to restore the stability of the hip and then move the upper legs," she said.
Brandon would get what doctors say is the first surgical procedure that allowed him to walk again.
Moore says he is the only doctor in the US who performs nerve transmissions on the lower limbs of children. "I used what they had, they rocked on my feet, so I could push the nerves that spread my fingers on my hips."
Doctors at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital also see success in nerve transmission operations to help children after a seizure with the AFM.
Twenty months ago, Moore performed a nerve transfer operation on Brandon's foot at St. John's Hospital. Louis. According to Dr. Moore, children mostly respond to this type of surgery because their nerves are faster. She said nerve transmissions were the most successful within nine months of diagnosis.
During last week's tour, Brandon went again. "It was amazing," he said. "Thanks to Miss Moore, I can go out, play with my brothers, play football." He said he now only uses his wheelchair to play basketball.
The cause of the AFM is still unknown, but it appears to develop after a viral illness. According to CDC, nearly 400 people have been diagnosed since 2014.
Cases in August after calming in 2017 have worsened. CDC confirmed this year in 72 cases in 24 states.
During a recent interview for "CBS This Morning," Dr. Robert Redfield co-host John Dickerson, calling for the creation of a special AFM investigation team. "It's a very rare state, about one per million," he said. "It does not seem to be transferable from person to person. We can not see clustering in families."
While the CDC is attempting to determine the cause, Dr. Moore is working to help the disabled.
"My intention is to give these families the hope that there are possibilities if they become such a terrible diagnosis," she said.
Brandon says that a terrible diagnosis brought him new basketball friends and inspired him to one day in a medical career. He said "CBS This Morning" that he wants to become a surgeon, like Dr. Moore.