In September Naiya became sick with what was thought to be a common cold and started coughing with pain in her back. A few days later, Naiya was admitted to the Stollery Children’s Hospital because she was complaining of weakness in her right arm and being dizzy. By the early morning, the following day, Naiya lost complete function of her right arm. Doctors diagnosed her with Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Basically, she got a cold, it went away and when she got sick again it was her own white blood cells attacking her spine and nerves.
Naiya’s a bubbly and very friendly 6-year-old who loved jumping on her trampoline, playing Barbie’s with her friends and doing crafts, all at which she is now unable to do. No 6-year-old should have to fight this fight alone. Her family has put their life on hold and her mother has had to close her business so she can stay beside Naiya.
The doctors cannot put a timeline on the recovery process because AFM is so rare and every child and case is different. For now, they take it day by day.
Naiya’s family was nominated by a close family friend, Jacqueline Jeffries, a supporter of Community Key. A small group of Community Key supporters were thrilled to visit Naiya and present her family with a cheque to pay the rent for this month.