Boy, 13, plays video games with his FEET after an illness left him paralysed from the waist up 

Mail Online | 7/24/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A teenager who has been left paralysed from the waist up by a mysterious illness has learnt to play video games and do his homework with his feet.

Charlie Marsden, 13, was just five when he woke one morning screaming in pain and unable to hear.

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After his GP dismissed his symptoms as just tonsillitis, things took a dramatic turn for the worse on the drive home when he stopped being able to see or move.

Despite numerous tests and years in hospital, medics remain baffled as to what caused Charlie's mysterious paralysis.

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The 'little fighter' has relearned to walk through intense physiotherapy but still can't use either of his arms.

Charlie, of Brentwood, Essex, is able to attend a mainstream secondary school after he learnt how to write with a pen between his toes.

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Speaking of the ordeal, Charlie's father Gaz Marsden said: 'We didn't know what to expect when he first got ill. We didn't even know if he was going to make it through.

'He lost his ability to use his arms but he just tried to carry on with his life and adapted. Now he is settled into mainstream secondary school and is doing really well.

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'He absolutely loves reading books, especially David Walliams, and he has been writing his own story on the iPad.

'He is a typical 13-year-old. Somethings are hard for him but if he can do it with his feet then he is going to do it.'

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In December 2010, Charlie had enjoyed a normal day building a snowman with his father only to wake that night in agony.

The teen's grandmother Kate Davies said: 'Charlie got ill overnight.

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'He was playing out in the snow one day building a snowman. In the early hours of the next morning he woke up screaming and he couldn't hear.'

His GP initially...
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