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Digital Dialogue: Solving a medical mystery

Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 at 9:58 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - AFM - or acute flaccid myelitis - is an illness that’s been in the news quite a bit this fall. The polio-like illness has caused dozens of children to get sick and even caused several deaths.

Doctors can’t figure out where the disease comes from and why some children recover and others don’t.

The disease also claimed the life of Carter Roberts, a Chesterfield County boy.

On Tuesday, Carter’s mom, Robin Roberts, joined in on a Digital Dialogue with NBC12 to discuss the impacts on her family.

Dr. Sanjay Rao from VCU Children’s Hospital as well as Dr. Eric Freeman with Old Dominion Pediatrics also joined in to discuss AFM and answered viewer questions about the illness.

Rewatch the conversation above or check it out on our Facebook page:

Digital Dialogue: Solving a medical mystery

MEDICAL MYSTERY: A polio-like illness - AFM - had made headlines this fall as children have gotten sick and died from it. Join our panel NOW to get your questions answered about this illness >> http://bit.ly/2qOqfxc

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

During all of NBC12′s Digital Dialogues, viewers submit questions via Facebook Live, as well as observe the conversation online or on NBC12′s Amazon and Roku channels.

Rewatch them all here.

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