Nashville teen diagnosed with spinal cord disease after paralysis

Jessica Shainberg
Jessica Shainberg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville teen went to bed one day last week and woke up the next morning paralyzed from the waist down.

Jessica Shainberg, 14, was experiencing tingling in her feet. Then, suddenly, she lost the use of her legs.

She was rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord.

The high school freshman’s father, Jeff Shainberg, is hoping to transfer her to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta to give her the best chance at full recovery.

“We have to get her to Atlanta,” Shainberg said. “Because they told me that was her best hope of walking again.”

The Hillwood High School freshman is hoping to get back to normal.

“I want to be able to walk again,” she said. “I’m turning 15 soon. I want to be able to get my permit. I have sports. I miss seeing my friends and going to school.”

Jessica’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical and rehabilitation costs. Click here to donate.

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