ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — Annadelle Faulkner, 5, is making small steps toward her recovery from transverse myelitis. She was diagnosed with the illness at the beginning of October.
Her diagnosis comes as cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like strain of Faulkner’s transverse myelitis, have been popping up across the country. Acute flaccid myelitis can cause paralysis.
For weeks, Faulkner was hooked up to a ventilator. Doctors were able to remove it this week, but her mother says the little girl is still very hoarse.
Nurses at University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital helped Faulkner dress up as a unicorn on Halloween by giving the little girl a special headband.
Her parents Chris and Neeli are hoping to raise awareness about transverse myelitis. Little research has been done about it. A family member has now started another fundraiser for the Faulkners, in addition to the Go Fund Me page. This one includes T-shirts with #teamannadelleyeah printed on the front. The goal is to raise money, while at the same time informing the public about the rare illness.