As cases of polio-like illness rise, Orange Beach patient leaves hospital

Baldwin County

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — After weeks of hospital beds, 5-year-old Annadelle Faulkner, who’s been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), has graduated to outpatient therapy.

AFM hits the nervous system, and in some cases can cause paralysis. Doctors still do not know a definitive cause or cure.

The Orange Beach girl is one of four confirmed to have the condition in Alabama.

According to a blog post written by her mother, Annadelle is able to stay with her parents in the Ronald McDonald House that’s across the street from Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, where Annadelle is being cared for.

Regarding AFM in general, there are 18 additional confirmed cases this week. There are now a total of 134 confirmed cases in 33 states. However, the CDC does not believe the upward trend will continue.

Support continues to pour in for Annadelle and her family. An anonymous donor recently gave $10,000 to the family’s Go Fund Me page. That is the second $10,000 on the page.

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