'Small but Mighty' Toddler Given Celebratory Sendoff at Akron Children's Hospital

A two-year-old boy who was completely paralyzed at the beginning of December 2020 walked out of the Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio on January 29 to the applause of adoring staff and family.

Two-year-old Alaric Bridgeman started suffering from transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder that causes inflammation of the spinal cord, in the early days of December 2020. He was completely paralyzed, the hospital wrote on Facebook.

“On December 20, he finally displayed some intentional movement, and the hard work started there.” Alaric, who met with physical therapists twice a day, would take walks around the hospital with his father, Dustin, “making friends with everyone they passed.”

Footage shows the “small but mighty” boy, as the hospital called him, showing off his progress to the applause of staff, family, and friends – Alaric’s Army, the hospital wrote – as he headed home on January 29. Credit: Akron Children’s Hospital via Storyful