A woman from Bridgend, Wales, woke up on August 24th of this year with a sore neck. Helen Fincham assumed she’d slept in a funny position, but by noon she no longer had feeling in her legs.
The 21-year-old was worried she might be having a heart attack when her arms went numb, and she was short of breath.
When paramedics came and Helen tried to stand, she collapsed, and she has been paralyzed from the neck down from that moment on.
Two months later, Helen was finally diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neurological condition in which the spinal cord becomes inflamed and damages nerves.
Helen, who works in retail, commented: “When I realized I could no longer feel my legs I was horrified. It was like I had become paralyzed overnight, my whole life had been turned upside down in a matter of hours. I woke up and it was like any other day, I went downstairs and had something to eat with my parents.”
She continued, “but as I bent down to pick up the washing I realized my neck was a bit sore but just presumed I’d slept funny and didn’t think anything of it. Minutes after I got back into bed though I became short of breath and realized my arm was numb. I thought I was having a heart attack and that I was going to die, my parents rushed home and called 999. I collapsed when paramedics asked me to stand up and I’ve been paralyzed ever since. It still feels like I’m dreaming some days and that none of this is real, just two weeks before I’d been on holiday to Ibiza with friends having the time of my life.”
The doctors at the hospital she was taken to could not explain why Helen could no longer walk or feel from the neck down.
Helen described her feelings: “I was so overwhelmed I just kept screaming and crying, no-one could give me answers.”
The good news is that more than three months after becoming paralyzed, some sensation has returned when Helen is touched, and she also now has some movement in her hands.
Source: The Sun
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