I love to dance hip hop and run track. When I was little, I ran around a lot. But when I was 4, I woke up with my legs hurting. The pain spread to my arms and soon I couldn’t walk.
Doctors at Children’s National told us I had acute flaccid myelitis. It affects nerve cells in the spinal cord. I spent two weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit. The people there are nice and always made it easier when I had to have a shot or fluid drawn. They let me watch cartoons and hold my mom’s hand.
They made it possible for me to walk again. Now I can do all the things I love, including riding my bike, and I’ve kind of got life planned out. People should care about Children’s National because kids will eventually be the next generation so we need to care for them as much as we can.
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