However, she knew that something was seriously wrong when his arm went limp and his head rolled over to one side.
“He had picked up a virus which didn’t make him sick but his system created antibodies to kill it. But then the antibodies began attacking Billy. The doctors eventually diagnosed his condition as TM and he hasn’t been able to do anything for himself ever since.”
TM is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. Attacks of inflammation can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibres.
In Billy’s case, the inflammation caused by the attack of the antibodies led to scar tissue developing around his spinal cord. The scars have blocked communication between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body, leaving the little boy paralysed from the chin down.
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