It is a parents’ worst nightmare when you find out your child gets an illness at a young age that can cause damage.
For Barbie Deaton, that nightmare became reality on Aug. 14, when her 12-year-old daughter Sara was taken to the hospital, where on Aug. 16 she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a disease that can cause paralysis.
For Sara, it caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down.
“It was very scary,” she said. “It was like I was in a dream. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”