Earlier this summer, Jessica Griffin's daughter gave her a scare.
According to her Facebook post from June 6, her daughter Kaitlyn woke up that morning unable to walk. At first, she thought her daughter's legs were just asleep.
It was when Kaitlyn started having a hard time talking that Jessica knew something was very, very wrong.
As she told KABC, Jessica rushed her daughter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where doctors performed blood tests and a CT scan on the little girl.
According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF):
Tick Paralysis is caused by over 40 species of ticks worldwide (five in North America, including the deer tick) and can occur in almost any region where ticks are found. [...] Although tick paralysis is of concern in domestic animals and livestock in the United States as well, human cases are rare and usually occur in children under the age of 10.
The ALDF also reports that a tick paralysis diagnosis is usually based on symptoms. Doctors usually see “rapid improvement of the patient once the engorged tick is removed.”
Thankfully, that's exactly how it went for Kaitlyn.
According to an additional Facebook post, Jessica revealed that “everything is completely back to normal:”
Look who is WALKING out of the hospital!! Everything is completely back to normal! GOD IS GOOD!! Thanks to everyone for the prayers! Sorry I haven’t been able to get back to everyone as it’s been a very hectic day! Big thanks to Dr. Katie Thomas who got right on top of it and stayed in touch with the doctors in Jackson to find out exactly what was going on!
Now, Jessica hopes her daughter's story will encourage other parents to actively search for ticks on their children, especially after being outside.
I had no intentions for that post to go as viral as it has but I’m so glad because now I know I’m not the only one out there that hasn’t ever heard of TICK PARALYSIS! It’s definitely a thing and we experienced it first hand! Make sure you check those babies in EVERY crease of their body! Kailyn has fully recovered and hasn’t slowed down since her feet hit that floor this morning
As for Kaitlyn, despite being fully recovered, she finds “being famous weird.”