1dgirlA two year old was left paralysed from the neck down after catching by a common cold. Ameliya Pellett went from totally fit to completely frozen from the neck down in just 10 days. The nightmare started last month. One day mum Miranda’s daughter was jumping on the trampoline and having fun at her gym class.

The following day she lost all the feeling in her right leg. Then, over the next few days, the paralysis spread to her left leg and then to her arms and neck. Suddenly she was unable to move, or even lift a spoon to her mouth. Raced to hospital in Ottawa, Canada, near where she lives, she was diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome , a rare illness of the peripheral nervous system.

It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system and is often, although not always, caused by a respiratory infection – in Ameliya’s case a cold. It can be life-threatening and there is no time limit for how long the paralysis can last.

Now only months after she learnt to toddle for the first time, Ameliya has now had to learn everything again from scratch, crawling after her little sister, aged nine months, who has just learnt how to stand up. Mum Miranda says her daughter’s stubborn streak has been an asset: “Ameliya has been amazing in her own recovery,” she said. “She’s sassy and stubborn and that will allow her to walk again.”