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February 23, 2021

2-Year-Old Boy Walks for the First Time after Being Paralyzed — Watch as Hospital Staff Cheer Him On

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A 2-year-old boy named Alaric and his father Dustin Bridgeman left a lasting impression in a hospital in Ohio after the little child showed an impressive recovery that has attracted the attention of the news.

2-year-old boy Alaric Bridgeman is battling a degenerative disease which symptoms he started to present early in December 2020, but after less than a month completely paralyzed, he was able to walk again.

The news of Alaric’s impressive recovery was shared by Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital’s official Instagram account on February 3, 2020, when a video of Bridgeman walking through a hallway was post on their feed.

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The clip shows Alaric being carried to the walker by a nurse before he rapidly steps into a little highway made of paper and set on the floor for the big event, with the hospital staff and family and friends rooting for him.

After a visibly-excited Alaric reached the goal, he was received by his therapist with her arms wide open, and the two shared a heart-melting hug as the witnesses to this moment applauded and moved their racing flags.

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As read in the post’s long caption, Alaric, who was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the beginning of December, when he was admitted to the Army hospital completely paralyzed.

Citing information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, People magazine explained that the illness causes inflammation and injury to the spinal cord, compromising movement.

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According to the caption, Alaric started to display a little intentional movement on December 20, and this was enough for him to start to undergo physical therapy every day.

In addition to this, Alaric and his father Dustin Bridgeman passed the time taking long walks around the facilities, which not only helped Alaric’s recovery but also made the father and son quite popular at the hospital.

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And while Alaric and Dustin made several friends during their stay at the hospital, the hospital staff was very happy to send the brave toddler back home after making such impressive progress in so little time.

Apart from the support of the people in the hospital, Alaric and his family had the support of social media users, with the post getting more than 7,000 likes and many people taking to the comments section to leave positive messages. 

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“My heart is crying with happiness. A beautiful little angel” a person wrote. “I cried! What an accomplishment!! Great job!!!” wrote another user. “Good job, Bud! Keep working hard,” added the third commenter.

Thanks to social media, people all over the country and abroad can join the supporters of this brave little guy, which has come to be known by the sweet name of Alaric’s Army.

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