Enzo Thongsoum, portrait
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee State, 9/28/19

Enzo was a healthy toddler until he fell ill at 21 months old. A cold led to weeks of unexplained seizures and worsening health. He spent two weeks in his local hospital, and when he became unresponsive, he was transferred by AirCare to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Pediatric neuromuscular specialists diagnosed Enzo with a rare disease, discovered in 2007, called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis – a disease where the immune system attacks the brain – and began extensive treatment.

While the disease left Enzo in a wheelchair and receiving nutrients through a feeding tube, he slowly began regaining his ability to walk and eat with the help of therapy. Enzo has faced many challenges, but continues to get stronger every day.

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