A 2-year-old boy has learned to walk again after fighting a condition that left him paralyzed.
The incident began for Alaric Bridgeman in December of 2020 to when he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, which affects the spinal cord nerves.
In an interview with Good Morning America, his parents, Dustin Bridgeman and Sarah Newell, said their son had mobility but often complained about a muscle in his back.
The residents of New Castle, Pennsylvania, brought their little boy to the chiropractor and then suddenly made a visit to the emergency room. At their visit, the toddler could not move his arms nor stand up.
“I said, ‘I think he might have that children’s COVID they’re taking about,’” Dustin Bridgeman said. “I lifted his leg and it fell down. I said, ‘Look. He’s paralyzed.’” He continued, “I could see the fear in her eyes.”
Things happened fast when the parents were told to bring their son to Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, to see a neurologist.
When arriving at the hospital, Alaric was utterly paralyzed.
“I’ll have to say, out of my whole life, this is the one time I was lost,” Dustin said. “Both of us, we were lost. We didn’t know what to do.”
Alaric had tested negative for COVID-19. Dustin said doctors told her that the deadly virus could have caused transverse myelitis, but there was no way to prove that.
Things were looking brighter for the 2-year-old when he started physical therapy on December 24.
On January 29, employees at the hospital cheered him on during his last day in the hospital as he started walking again using his walker.
Alaric is now happy to be home with his three sisters, Allyson, 13, Ava, 10, and Everly, 4.
“The moment we got home, it was like another light switch went off,” Dustin said. “He did everything in his power to move his body and be with his sisters.”