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Emilia D’antonio

Emilia’s illness started when she was six years old. Emilia first started with an ear infection and a mild cold. In August she said she had some leg pain but worsened the following day as she could no longer move her right leg at all. Emilia was sent to the ER and airlifted to a children’s hospital where she stayed a month. The paralyzation worsened as it spread across and up her body. Many tests and surgical procedures we done. Emilia was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and stayed there for 3 months. She was diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis(AFM). Current day Emilia is paralyzed in her left leg and decreased movement and strength in her right leg. The family travels to St. Mary’s from Bohemia 5 days a week to receive outpatient rehab for 1.5 hours a day. The grant was used to help pay for a stander for Emilia. The stander helps Emilia have a more functional way to stand and do everyday tasks. This will also help Emilia to continue her therapy at home on the weekends and in the time before and after their Locomotor Training therapy at St. Mary’s.

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