Angelo suffered a freak accident, was admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital and referred to St Joseph’s. He was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, after minor trauma to his spine. Transverse myelitis is a condition in which a section of the spinal cord becomes inflamed. During an inflammatory response the myelin, or protective fatty coating on nerve cells, is damaged or destroyed, resulting in weakness or paralysis, pain, and sensory dysfunction. Autonomic, or involuntary activities such as breathing, digestion, heartbeat and reflexes can also be affected. Part of Angelo’s thoracic spine (middle of the spinal cord), has been affected. This has resulted in paralysis of part of his trunk and legs, slight weakness in his upper limbs and has affected his bowel and bladder function. On admission he was unable to sit without support and arrived in a buggy, which provided maximum support. He has been receiving regular Physiotherapy and OT to address his areas of weakness. His balance while sitting has improved and he has progressed to a self-propelling wheelchair. He is now able to sit at a table, and engage in fine motor activities. Angelo is a charismatic and charming young man who is motivated to get better. His positive energy is contagious and is definitely his biggest asset in overcoming his physical limitations, says occupational therapist, Asgeree Dalvie.