North Carolina Girl’s Triumph Over Paralysis: A Journey of Advocacy and Authorship


When Sarah Todd Hammer from North Carolina had an “excruciating head and neck ache” in ballet class in 2010, she was just eight years old and unexpectedly became paralyzed.

Her hands and arms were incapable of working properly by the time class ended.

At the moment, Hammer was a resident of Atlanta. She was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where she spent six hours in the emergency department.

After a while, Hammer was sent home and discharged. However, Hammer, who is currently a student at North Carolina’s Davidson College, woke up the following morning totally paralyzed from the neck down.

Hammer claims that during her stay in the intensive care unit, she underwent a plasmapheresis treatment. According to the Cleveland Clinic, this procedure is used to extract plasma from blood. Hammer was able to regain movement in her legs thanks to this therapy.

Hammer underwent an inpatient rehabilitation program for five weeks. She afterwards took part in a program where she got occupational and physical therapy every day.

From 2012 to 2014, Hammer joined a summer camp with other children with transverse myelitis. Yet she noticed that they didn’t have the same physical limitations.

The experience at camp caused Hammer to ask questions about whether her diagnosis was correct. 

Hammer Diagnosed With Acute Flaccid Myelitis

When Sarah Todd Hammer had an “excruciating head and neck ache” in ballet class in 2010, she was just eight years old and unexpectedly became paralyzed.

Years after being initially diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, Hammer, a three-time published writer as well as student at Davidson College in North Carolina, was finally diagnosed with a rare form of neurological disease called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

The dancer as well as disability advocate is currently promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities by showcasing her amazing life despite having a neurological condition, according to

People . She frequently uses social media to encourage people to live life to the fullest by sharing her experience as a disabled person.

Now that she’s advocating in favor of the illness she has and other people who are similar to her.

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