An 11-year-old Allen boy who was paralyzed after suffering from a suspected case of enterovirus 68 is showing signs of improvement at Our Children’s House at Baylor.
WFAA-TV’s (Channel 8) Janet St. James reports that Bryan Sotelo had lost sensation in his limbs and couldn’t even speak when he arrived at OCH last month.
Now, Bryan is using his legs and reaching and grasping for things. Occupational therapy is helping him progress and he is expected to be released early next week, according to the report.
[Watch the full WFAA-TV report for more on Bryan’s recovery.]
More than 1,000 cases of enterovirus 68 across the country in recent months have caused great fear. It is associated with severe respiratory illness and can include symptoms ranging from runny nose, fever, sneezing and cough to wheezing and difficulty breathing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Infants, children and teenagers are most at risk, according to the CDC, and children with asthma are thought to be at higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by the infection.