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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (November25,
On the Fourth of July in 2016, Braden Scott came down with what seemed like just a summer cold. But a couple of days later, when the 5-year-old couldn’t swallow and was having trouble walking, his parents took him to urgent care in Beaumont. But Braden continued to get worse, so his parents went to a hospital later that night. “I carried Braden to the car because he couldn’t walk,” recalled his mother, Rachel Scott. He arrived by helicopter to Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston, where it soon became apparent that Braden wasn’t just weak — the problem was neurological. He couldn’t breathe, sit up or swallow. Except for a few muscles in his left hand, he was paralyzed. In therapy, Braden’s working to get stronger so he can start to dress himself again and do other small daily tasks, said Jamie Beckham, his occupational therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann.