Mysterious illness leaves 10-year-old partially paralyzed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mysterious illness leaves 10-year-old partially paralyzed

Devin has a medical condition that left him paralyzed and doctors baffled. (Source: Family) Devin has a medical condition that left him paralyzed and doctors baffled. (Source: Family)
ATOKA, TN (WMC) -

A 10-year-old Mid-South boy is partially paralyzed and doctors are not 100 percent sure why.

Devin Morton is your typical 10-year-old. He loves watching sports, he's full of energy, and he enjoys playing video games.  The fifth grader’s family members said he is an honor student, enjoys playing basketball and is loved by all of his peers at Atoka Elementary School.

But on July 28, a headache changed his life.

He was at his aunt's house on what appeared to be a normal day, but then he started having a headache.

The headache got so bad that he was rushed to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and he became paralyzed from his neck down.

He spent weeks at Le Bonheur, but doctors were baffled. They sent him to specialists in Atlanta. In Atlanta, he underwent therapy and more treatment, but still doctors have not been able to give Devin a clear diagnosis.

"You know, through it all they don't know, but God does and that's who I put my trust in," Devin's mother, Tolissa Wherry, said.

Mobile users: Click here to see more pictures of Devin.

The good news is the therapy and treatments in Atlanta helped.

Devin is now back home in Atoka, Tennessee. He's walking and smiling. However, part of his left side remains paralyzed.

Devin wears a brace on his left leg for support.

Doctors are still keeping an eye on Devin and searching for an explanation and a way to get him back to perfect health.

In the meantime, his mother is just happy to have him home.

"To look at the smile on his face and see how he handled everything, that's what got me through," Wherry said.

Her family started a GoFundMe account to help the family cope with medical expenses. Click here to learn how to donate.

Devin, much like his mother, has faith that he'll recover completely.

"I'm believing and trusting that I'll be able to walk again, and do everything the same as I could before this," Devin said.

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