Mother issues warning after MS girl diagnosed with ‘tick paralysis’

Mum's parasite warning after daughter was left unable to walk

A MS mother took to Facebook to share a photo of her 5-year-old daughter walking out of the hospital following a harrowing ordeal involving a tick bite.

Jessica Griffin, from MS in the United States, said she did not realise anything was wrong with Kailyn until the little girl woke up last Wednesday morning.

We had a bit of a scare this morning!

Kailyn was left struggling to walk after being bitten by a tick.

"I was just thinking that her legs were asleep until I noticed that she couldn't hardly talk", Ms Griffin wrote. Following a CT scan and blood tests, doctors diagnosed Kailyn with tick paralysis. It's more common in children than it is adults! Scary is a UNDERSTATEMENT! She has been such a champ throughout this whole ordeal!

After finding a tick in her daughter's hair, the mother said she rushed her little girl to the hospital. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, tick paralysis occurs when an engorged, egg-laden female tick transmits a neurotoxin to its host.

Kailyn was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Centre and was able to walk out of hospital after receiving treatment. The condition can become life-threatening if the tick is not removed quickly, with the potential for paralysis to affect respiratory muscles.

As tick paralysis usually disappears in 24 hours, Griffin posted later that Kailyn was back to her normal self.

Still, Griffin felt alarmed enough to post the warning.

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