A 2-year-old girl in Illinois falls more than 100 times a day, thanks to a rare neurological disorder that has left her with coordination and balance difficulties.
According to Inside Edition, Kate Gulo typically falls more than 100 times a day, but the reason why has nothing to do with being clumsy.
“Before, she was just a normal toddler," her mom Teresa Gulo, 30, said in an interview with SWNS. “She might fall a couple times a day.”
As Gulo explained, Kate started walking before her first birthday, so her parents didn’t think her development was out of the ordinary.
But as the little girl continued to grow, her tumbles and falls started to become more frequent and concerning.
By the times Kate was 18 months old, her parents began to realize that their baby girl couldn’t even walk in a straight line.
“We started keeping her from walking. We would sit her on the couch and give her her iPad because we didn't want her to get hurt,” Gulo said. “We didn't feel we could take her anywhere. If we had to go to the store we had to put her in a stroller or carry her.”
“She could hit her face on the corners of tables and was falling 50 to 100 times a day. It was constant,” she added. “It was devastating not having any answers.”
In addition to the falls, Kate quickly became jittery, had troubles sleeping, and frequently had tantrums.
“There was a point when we didn’t know how much more downhill her condition could go,” Gulo said. “We started thinking, ‘Will she ever walk again?’”
Ultimately, Kate’s condition worsened so dramatically that her parents were forced to take her to the emergency room, where she was finally diagnosed with opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome.
According to Inside Edition, the rare neurological condition affects just one in a million people.
Thanks to steroids and chemotherapy, Kate was soon able to walk on her own once again in just a few days.
“Now she is walking and jumping and running, pretty much like a normal 2-year-old,” her parents said. “It feels like the doctors saved her life and ours too.”
To keep her condition under control, Kate now undergoes regular rounds of steroids and chemotherapy, which both help to keep her symptoms at bay.
“Now she is walking and jumping and running, pretty much like a normal two year old. It feels like the doctors saved her life and ours too,” Gulo said. “We don't know what the future holds but we will keep fighting this with our little ‘SuperKate.’”