STANFORD (KPIX 5) – Doctors continue to investigate a mysterious polio-like illness that has paralyzed at least five California children since August 2012. Meanwhile, the family of a young Berkeley girl who was diagnosed with the disease spoke out about her condition.
The family of 4-year-old Sofia Jarvis spoke to reporters at a briefing at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Monday evening.
According to family, Sofia’s left arm is paralyzed. Her left leg is weakening and she is suffering from slight breathing issues.
Two years ago, doctors initially thought Sofia was suffering from asthma, until her left arm stopped moving.
“Sofia went to the treasure box to grab her toy after seeing the doctor and I saw her left hand mid-grasp stop,” said Jessica Tomei, Sofia’s mother.
“We had boys that are very healthy and Sofia was healthy until that point,” Tomei said. “We did not realize what we were in store for.”
Her parents decided to come forward to raise awareness of the disease.
“Sofia is still a healthy young girl who is thriving,” Tomei said. “She goes to preschool, she does dance. We were very lucky that it only impacted her left arm. But it has taken us a long time to be okay with that.”