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Family seeks answers after mystery illness paralyzes 20-month-old boy

Truett Rosenlund, left, who is paralyzed from the neck down, and his 4-year-old sister.

Truett Rosenlund, left, who is paralyzed from the neck down, and his 4-year-old sister.  (MyFoxPhilly.com)

A Colorado family is desperate for answers after a mysterious illness left their 20-month-old son paralyzed from the neck down.

Truett Rosenlund was born healthy, but became ill when he was just 2 months old, MyFoxPhilly.com reported. His family, which includes parents Priscilla and Thurston, and a 4-year-old sister, has spent the past year researching specialists to help find a cure, and is now at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“We have hope right now because we’ve got a team of the smartest doctors in the country who are working to save our son,” Priscilla told MyFoxPhilly.com.

“It’s hope to find answers of what’s wrong with Truett, hope that there’s a cure, or a treatment or something that we can do to improve his quality of life,” she said.

The Rosenlunds have received more than $30,000 in donations through a GoFundMe site that helped raise funds for Truett’s flight to Pennsylvania on a specially equipped aircraft with a ventilator and other medical equipment, as well as his stay and traveling nurses, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.

“The doctors are going to look at the DNA again and they’re going to look at acquired illnesses that maybe this came from and events that happened,” Priscilla told the news station.

“My biggest wish is that his nerves regenerate and he walks and he talks and he grows up to be a successful adult,” she said.

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