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St. Helens boy staying strong despite rare paralysis

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Liam Frobisher (Source: KPTV) Liam Frobisher (Source: KPTV)
Liam Frobisher (Source: KPTV) Liam Frobisher (Source: KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Imagine waking up one morning feeling a pain in your leg, then within an hour feeling nothing at all. 

That’s the reality for Liam Frobisher, 12, of St. Helens. 

It was 5:54 a.m. Nov. 17 when he woke up to use the bathroom. He went back to bed and felt an ache in his leg.

“My leg started hurting, at first it felt like a cramp, I thought it was a cramp, but then it was like really bad,” Liam said.

He says he woke up his brother, then his parents. They tried stretching and massage, but nothing seemed to get rid of the ache in his legs.

Then all of the sudden they went numb.

“My foot started feeling really weird and I realized I couldn’t move my foot,” Liam said.

“Within an hour, your entire life has just changed with no warning,” Liam’s mom Sarah Frobisher said.

His family tried to get him to their car to take him to the hospital, but after making it only a few feet they knew they were going to need more help.

They called 911 and he was rushed to the hospital.

Doctors later diagnosed the 12-year old with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neurological disorder that left Liam with sudden paralysis from the hips down.

Since that early morning a month ago, Liam has been working on his upper body strength and learning a whole new way of life.

While at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Liam spends hours each week doing physical therapy, keeping up on school work and staying positive.

He says he has tremendous family and community support.

“I’ve got a lot of support from family and friends and people I don’t even know,” he said.

“If we let our minds go to all the what if’s and worse case scenarios then that is not going to help you get any better,” Sarah Frobisher said.

There is a chance Liam may regain feeling in his legs, but in the mean time he is taking it day by day, keeping a smile on his face, not backing down from an unexpected challenge thrown his way.

The family has set up a YouCaring page to help with medical bills. 

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