AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - What was thought to be a small sinus infection turned into a life-changing experience for ten-year-old Michael Spencer. It all started with a small headache that led him to the doctor's office.
His mom, Stephanie Huff, said she was scared. "We didn't know what was going on, we didn't know what was going to happen, we had so many questions and not enough answers."
Michael played football and was very energetic. But in April of 2017 during spring break, he wasn't himself. Stephanie said it was unlike him to be so tired and staying in the house all day. "He loves football, he loves to dance, he's a friendly little guy."
After over-the-counter medicine did not help Michael's symptoms, Stephanie took her son to the doctor and found out he had bacterial meningitis. The infection was so bad that it caused fluid to build up in his brain. From there, he was rushed to receiving multiple brain surgeries.
"He had two brain surgeries, he can not walk or talk from them or move his hands; If he did not have those surgeries he would not be here with us today," Stephanie said.
It has been one year since Spencer lost his ability to talk and walk. But with a strong support system, he is working to gain back full mobility.
"With the therapy that his dad is giving him, with the therapy he goes to on Mondays and Tuesdays, it's really working and he's doing wonderful," Stephanie explained.
Stephanie says throughout all of this, there is one thing that keeps her going. "Prayer. I believe and trust in God, with God we've really gotten through this."