A mother described her fear after one morning her football-loving schoolboy was suddenly unable to move.
Kobe Duck from Cooranbong, New South Wales, has just been & # 39; Player of The Year & # 39; named for the mighty Morisset Strikers when his life changed forever.
The six-year-old was diagnosed in November last year with an incredibly rare disease, acute weak myelitis, which affects the spinal cord.
The boy with the brown eyes with a gap-tooth smile must now use a wheelchair to move around. The disease has affected his ability to eat, swallow and support his back.
Kobe Duck (photo) was a normal football-loving schoolboy until he woke up one morning and was unable to move
Kobe Duck (photo with his mother Kristie) from Cooranbong, New South Wales, was just & # 39; Player of The Year & # 39; named for the mighty Morisset Strikers when his life changed forever
His mother Kristie Duck told Sydney Morning Herald they had no idea that something was seriously wrong with their little boy.
Kobe, who was only five at the time, began to lose his appetite.
He then developed a bit of a cough and a pinch, Mrs. Duck said.
When he complained about a sore neck and high temperature, Mrs. Duck brought him to the emergency room because he was afraid of meningitis.
Doctors, however, sent the little boy home, so Mrs. Duck gave Kobe paracetamol and put him to bed.
& # 39; At approximately four o'clock & # 39; He got up in the morning and met my husband in the hall and said: & # 39; I have a weak neck & # 39; but he went back to bed.
& # 39; The next morning he cried in his bed and said he couldn't get up. He couldn't lift his head off the pillow. & # 39;
In November last year, Kobe, who just & # 39; player of the year & # 39; was called for the mighty Morisset Strikers to lose his appetite
His family pictured) had to learn to read lip to understand him, which was frustrating for Kobe
Kobe was paralyzed and struggled to breathe. He was rushed to John Hunter Children & # 39; s Hospital in Newcastle, but his condition deteriorated. He has been in the hospital ever since.
His mother has not heard his voice in six months.
His family had to learn to lip-read to understand him, which was frustrating for Kobe, Mrs. Duck said.
What is acute weak myelitis?
AFM is a rare disease that affects the spinal cord, the part of the nervous system that transports messages to and from the brain
AFM can affect the nerves that control the head and neck
It can cause respiratory failure if the muscles involved in breathing become weakened
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Mrs. Duck and her husband Michael spent alternate nights in the hospital with Kobe.
Their parents helped for their other Alana, 10 and Jacob, 8.
Although Kobe shows small signs of recovery, he still has a long way to go.
The disease started with a virus, similar to polio, pediatric neurologist Dr. Rob Smith.
Many children get the virus without symptoms, he said.
And most people don't know they had the virus, he said.
He said it was incredibly rare that the symptoms were as severe as Kobe.
His hope is that Kobe will get a permanent handicap and can live at home with his family.
Kobe & # 39; s family has started GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of adapting their home to bring Kobe home.
& # 39; We do not know where the end point is. We do not know how much recovery he will get. I would give anything to hear his voice again. & # 39;
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