5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigates potential solution for rare, polio-like disease

February 27, 2019 08:08 AM

At least 10 Minnesota children have contracted a rare, paralyzing disease over the past year.

The condition is called Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.


5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has been tracking some of these local cases for several months.

In a special report, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Reporter Ellen Galles follows a patient from Minneapolis to Philadelphia for specialized treatment, where surgeons are experimenting with nerve transfers to restore movement for these patients.

Four-year-old Orville Young underwent surgery earlier this month at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia.

In the process, surgeons took healthy nerves and transferred them to the paralyzed area of Orville's right shoulder.

On 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Wednesday at 10 p.m., Galles provides an in-depth look at the rare, mysterious disease that is AFM as well as the surgery that could make a difference.

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