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Oct 14, 2014 6:41 PM

Seabrook family suspects Enterovirus responsible for son's paralysis


SEABROOK - It's Patrick Dugan's first day back to work. He and his wife have spent almost two weeks, day and night, at their son's bedside. Thirteen year old Dan Dugan is at Boston's Tufts Children's Medical Center.

Patrick Dugan said, "We went to the emergency room in Boston and I was thinking we would have a long wait to get looked at, and be here late tonight. Probably go to school tomorrow. I had no idea this could be that bad."

It all started with the average flu-like symptoms - headaches, vomiting - but then Dan began falling. His legs just gave out.

Dugan said, "He was carrying some groceries up the stairs and his legs fell out from underneath him. He took a tumble. I said Dan are you ok? He said, I don't know what happened."

After a couple more falls, the Dugans knew this was much more serious than the common flu.

Dan's now partially paralyzed with what doctors say is permanent muscle and nerve damage to his legs and an arm.

The signs point to enterovirus D-68, but tests results still aren't back to confirm that.

Meanwhile, in the Dugan's hometown of Seabrook, the outpouring of support is overwhelming. From private and public well wishes to a number of fund raisers to help with medical bills.

At O'Brien's General Store, employee Alexandria Edmonds said, "Any donation. People can donate a dollar to five dollars and you write it on a ticket, and we hang it up in the store."

Dugan said, "For him to see how many people are in support of him getting better, that's a huge help."

If you would like to help the family, you can send a donation to the Dan Dugan Fund, c/o Pat's Towing, P.O. Box 2638, Seabrook, NH 03874.

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