(LONDON) – A young girl in Britain has defied medical expectations to overcome paralysis and dance again, reports the Daily Mail.
When 15-year-old Grace Etherington was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare immune disorder that attacks the nervous system, doctors at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London told her she could remain motionless for the rest of her life, dependent on a ventilator to breathe and unable to move or communicate. Etherington developed the disease after a getting a viral infection from a routine ear piercing.
"It was a fate worse than death. She would be trapped in a lifeless shell," her mother, Sharon Etherington, 41, of Sittingbourne, Kent, told the British newspaper.
But less than a year after her diagnoses, she took her first steps. Months later, intensive physical therapy had her walking again. Finally, in May, she achieved her dream of dancing with her troupe in London. With the exception of some ongoing fatigue, she has recovered completely.
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