Bartlesville boy battling rare illness sees improvements in health

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — A young Bartlesville boy plagued by a mysterious illness is now seeing small improvements in his health.

FOX23 first introduced 10-year-old Connor in mid-September. Near paralyzed with a diagnosis of ‘Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis,’ the future of his health is unknown. However, his doctors are now seeing positive changes. Connor is now able to move one of his arms, his shoulders and has some movement in his legs.

Connor’s mom Morgan Baker told FOX23, “I just started crying, I didn’t expect that, we haven’t seen movement in over two months, and that was really great to see, and he was so excited in himself, he was so proud, you could tell the look on his face, it was like a kid who had rode a bicycle for the first time and did it on his own.”

Connor is also able to take small breaks from his ventilator and recently enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries, his favorite meal, for the first time since the onset of his illness.

Connor is currently enrolled in different kinds of therapy, including using slime to work on motor function in his hands.

His family lives hours away from where he’s being treated at the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, but they’re weeks away from moving to a home nearby. His siblings were recently able to visit him in the hospital for the first time since his illness moved him far away.

“They’re hopeful that maybe within the next year of full therapy that he could be walking again,” Baker explained.

The family is still accepting financial donations to help with medical bills and travel expenses. Here’s where you can donate: