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Teen defies odds after doctors deemed her 'polio-like' illness fatal

Bartlett parent Mary Troup says she believes an oral vaccine made her then 9-month-old baby girl Danielle sick. Bartlett parent Mary Troup says she believes an oral vaccine made her then 9-month-old baby girl Danielle sick.
Danielle was paralyzed neck down and diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. Danielle was paralyzed neck down and diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.
Currently she remains paralyzed waist down with only partial use of her hands and limbs, but she is also an "A" student in college. Currently she remains paralyzed waist down with only partial use of her hands and limbs, but she is also an "A" student in college.

(WMC-TV) - Doctors diagnosed a child years ago with an illness that has polio-like symptoms. They said she would not make it past her 18th birthday.

But at 18 and alive, she shares her story.

"It is a little stressful at times, but I do have some really great friends to help me through it, through the tough times," said Danielle.

Bartlett parent Mary Troup says she believes an oral vaccine made her then 9-month-old baby girl Danielle sick.

"That one oral polio vaccine changed her life," said Mary. "By the time we made it to Le Bonheur she was paralyze ... A lot of people don't realize that the oral polio vaccine is actually a live virus that can attack and cause paralysis."

Danielle was paralyzed neck down and diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. She went through collapsed lungs, kidney problems, and relied on breathing machines to live.

Currently she remains paralyzed waist down with only partial use of her hands and limbs, but she is also an "A" student in college.

Danille stays up to date on the parents of 25 children in California, who were diagnosed with polio-type symptoms. Doctors are searching for answers.

"I feel, like, so sorry for them that they have to go through the same thing I have to go through," said Danielle.

Meanwhile, Mary says if she was aware of the risks years ago then Danielle would have never received the vaccines.

"It's polio any way you look around it, it's polio," said Mary.

Oral polio vaccines have not been used in the United States since 2000 but are still used in many parts of the world. The vaccine now used has never been known to cause any serious problems, according to the CDC.

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