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Mother: Mid-Michigan boy is 'walking miracle'

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FOWLER, Mich. (AP) -

The mother of a Mid-Michigan boy paralyzed last year after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus says her son is a "walking miracle."

According to Marti Thelen, her 10-year-old son, Travis, these days jumps on a backyard trampoline and this week is attending sports camp and playing basketball, baseball and football.

The Fowler boy was diagnosed with West Nile by physicians at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on Sept. 6.

He initially complained about pain in his leg muscle from above his knee to mid-thigh, and as the disease advanced, his left leg became paralyzed.

Travis tells the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia  that he "can run now" and doesn't "have to sit in the wheelchair anymore."

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Information from: The Sentinel-Standard, http://www.sentinel-standard.com

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