Active toddler suddenly paralyzed with rare diagnosis

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. –  Nolan Nachreiner was always on the move.

He was an active toddler who couldn’t seem to sit still, but that all changed with a devastating diagnosis.

On Jan. 30, Nolan’s parents realized something was very wrong with their 2-year-old son.

“We gave him some milk in a sippie cup like we always do and we noticed he had some issues trying to grasp the cup,” Eric Nachreiner told WTAE.

A short time later, Nolan couldn’t stand and his family rushed him to the emergency room.

In less than one hour, Nolan went from being an active toddler to becoming a quadriplegic.

Doctors diagnosed him with a rare condition called transverse myelitis.

The chances of getting it are one in a million and it all started as a common virus for Nolan.

Experts say Nolan contracted a virus and instead of his immune system attacking the virus, it attacked his spinal cord.

Now, he needs around the clock care.

“If I think about what life was like three months ago or if I think about what life will be like three months, three years from now, it’s too overwhelming. So what works today works today, and that’s how we have to move forward,” Jennifer Nachreiner said.