Talen Spitzer was hospitalized two years ago with what turned out the be acute flaccid myelitis. The Queen Creek youth is almost completely recovered now, his mother said. (Photo courtesy Rochelle Spiitzer)
October 18, 2018
Arizona has had at least eight cases of mysterious, polio-like disease
Talen Spitzer was a healthy 10-year-old kid from Queen Creek a little more than two years ago when, in a matter of minutes, he lost control of his muscles and his hands were paralyzed.
His mother, Rochelle Spitzer, said doctors did not know what was wrong with him at first because everything else seemed normal. But when scans at the hospital later showed lesions on his spine, he was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, an extremely rare polio-like “mystery disease.”
Talen was one of eight patients in Arizona