Logan’s story is one of triumph. She was a happy 3-year-old girl, who enjoyed life! One day while she was walking up the stairs to her school, she wasn’t able to keep her balance. Little did anyone know at that time, she would eventually be paralyzed from her shoulders down. She had a rare disease called Transverse Myelitis.
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord with varying degrees of weakness, sensory alterations, and autonomic dysfunction (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary
, such as the heart, breathing, the digestive system, and reflexes). Logan was fortunate to receive immediate medical attention from The Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center, the first center in the US and the world dedicated to the diagnosis, clinical management and research of transverse myelitis. This illness can often go undetected and prolonged treatment can impact recovery possibilities. Utilizing modern technology the attending neurologist was able to share Logan's symptoms, and all medical records, with his mentor in California. As a former JHU doctor with years of experience with TM, he was able to monitor her prognosis and give guidance to his colleagues.
Even with this extended care, she only had a 33 percent chance of ever walking again. Logan and her family were in for an unexpected interruption in their lives.
After five months of hospitalization at Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Rehabilitation Center, Logan was able to return home. Shortly after, she returned back to Jamon Montessori Day School, September 10, 2014, still partially paralyzed and unable to walk. Teachers were prepared to carry Logan and use a stroller as necessary. Logan was also being prepared for a possible wheelchair and eventually a walker.
Logan’s determination, her parent’s strength,
medical care combined with God’s will allowed a miracle to happen. On September 25th, while in physical therapy at Kennedy Krieger Rehabilitation Center, Logan unexpectedly got up and ran!
Although Logan is still recovering, her spirit teaches us about the power of miracles and that we can all overcome obstacles, no matter how big they may seem. Come RUN WITH LOGAN, as we bring an awareness of Transverse Myelitis!