2012 press release archive

2012 press releases from Great Ormond Street Hospital

Acute flaccid myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that tends to occur in ‘outbreaks’ every few years. It affects the spinal cord – particularly the grey matter – and over hours to days muscles weaken and normal limb reflexes disappear. It often follows a mild viral infection affecting the upper airway or stomach. More research is needed to find out why a small proportion of children carry on to develop AFM whereas the vast majority recover from the infection with no lasting effects. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes and symptoms of AFM and how it can be managed.

NSPCC Helpline

A previous member of GOSH staff is facing serious charges relating to the sexual abuse of children. You may have seen media reports concerning the case. We understand how difficult and distressing this news will be and we want to make sure everyone in our hospital community is being properly supported.

That’s why we’ve worked closely with the NSPCC and the Metropolitan Police to set up a helpline with trained professionals who can provide advice and support.

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