In the US, 13-year-old Lily Manzo was misdiagnosed by doctors as having anxiety after she was suddenly paralyzed.

However, doctors made a mistake with the diagnosis.

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Lily was 13 years old when her whole body went limp for the first time.

The girl was healthy before she became sick in March 2022.

Sitting in her mother's car, Lily grew pale and silent,

unable to speak or wipe the tears from her face.

"It was like I was there, but I couldn't do anything about it," said Lily, who is now 14 years old.

That day, the girl had a seizure in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Looking back, Lily said, it felt like she was trapped in a "lucid dream" or virtual reality game as she

lay mostly paralyzed, only able to shake her head "yes" and "no". 

For most of the next week, the girl lay in a hospital bed while doctors tried to figure out what happened.

She was discharged from the medical center after a seven-day stay, during which Lily regained the use of her arms, legs and voice.


the girl was sent home without a diagnosis.

During the girl's first stay in the hospital, doctors conducted several tests to detect brain abnormalities.

The MRI and electroencephalogram were clean:

there was no brain tumor

, and her brain activity seemed normal.

But, according to Lily's mother, the crucial part of the image was obstructed by the teenager's braces, which the doctors did not pay attention to.

Lily's doctor said that her symptoms were caused by anxiety

, that the disease was "in her mind."

He prescribed antidepressants and discharged the patient when she regained her motor skills.

But it was still difficult for the girl to walk and talk at home, her mother said.

Less than a month after her first symptoms, Leela had a second attack.

A second neurologist also said that the cause of the symptoms was probably anxiety and increased the dose of the antidepressant.

The neurologist recommended not taking the girl to the emergency room after her seizures.  

However, when Lila had

a third seizure

a week later , her parents brought her to the emergency room.

Dr. Jeffrey Kornitzer, a pediatric neurologist, finally took the girl's condition seriously.

After a spinal tap, he

diagnosed her with seronegative autoimmune limbic encephalitis

 , a rare type of brain inflammation caused by the immune system attacking the brain.

The disease is rare, with about one in 100,000 people diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis each year, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

About 40% of these cases are recorded in children under 18 years of age.

Kornitzer recommended treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, which 

put Lily on the road to recovery.

But she has not yet fully recovered.

"Sometimes I'm really tired and it doesn't matter how much I sleep - I'm still tired. And sometimes I'm emotional. It's like I have random outbursts of anger. And sadness. My emotions are like waves," the girl shared.

It will be recalled that a 3-year-old boy died suddenly while watching cartoons in Great Britain.

It turned out that the child had streptococcus, but without any symptoms.

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