US health officials alarmed by paralyzing illness in kids

Braden Scott uses a device to support his left arm as he practices on the piano in Tomball, Texas on Friday, March 29, 2019. Braden was diagnosed with the syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 2016 and was paralyzed almost completely. The rare but mysterious illness seems to ebb and flow every other year and is beginning to alarm public health officials. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Rachel Scott, right, helps suction the mouth of her son, Braden, in Tomball, Texas on Friday, March 29, 2019. He was 7 on July 4, 2016, when he uncharacteristically decided he didn’t want to go swimming. He had trouble swallowing and felt tired and weak. His parents took him to an urgent care center, then to a hospital. Within days he could only move one hand. Late one night his father and a nurse were sitting beside Braden in the hospital when they noticed he had just stopped breathing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NEW YORK — One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping.