One MUM relived the horrifying morning her crippled boy woke up.
Oliver Davis went to bed the night before a healthy four-year-old – but when he awoke, he couldn’t feel his feet.
His mother, Bel, is from Sydney, Australia, tell 7Life: “He woke up and said ‘Mom, I can’t feel my feet’.
“He walked clumsily and gradually lost the ability to walk.”
She rushed him to the doctor after realizing something was very unusual on June 2, 2018.
The GP was so concerned that he immediately called an ambulance, and when Oliver arrived at the hospital, he was admitted to the ICU.
Doctors rushed to test and diagnose the boy, performing many tests.
He had an MRI, lumbar puncture and nerve conduction test – with tumors, tumors and bleeding ruled out.
But after another 48 hours, Oliver was unable to move from his shoulder down.
Five days later, he lost the ability to swallow and speak, and was hooked to a feeding tube.
He also lost control of his bladder and had to go back to diapers, but was still able to breathe on his own.
Bel added: “Every night he has trouble sleeping because he needs to move and roll over frequently, as well as need blankets or ice depending on his discomfort.”
Eventually, doctors found and diagnosed Oliver with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Pronounced (pronounced ghee-yan bar-ray) it’s a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves.
Most people make a full recovery, but it can be fatal and can leave people with long-term problems.
It occurs when the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells. In about two-thirds of cases, it occurs after a viral or bacterial infection.
Infections most commonly associated with syndrome is the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni.
It infects the gastrointestinal tract and often causes diarrhea.
You can die from Guillain-Barré syndrome if it causes blood clots or severe breathing difficulties. One in every 20 cases is a death.
Symptoms start in your feet and hands, before spreading to your arms and legs.
Other early signs include:
- pins and needles
- muscle weakness
- problems with balance and coordination
Oliver started treatment as soon as the doctors realized what was going on, taking steroids and strong pain relievers.
Bel added: “He was a real soldier and suffered a lot, but he struggled to get out of bed because the pain was too much.
“He couldn’t sit, crawl or walk. He has had some movement back with his arm, but is developing foot drop and is bedridden after weeks of paralysis. “
Eventually, he began to get better, transitioning from a wheelchair to a tricycle, diapers and feeding tubes removed.
But tragically, he relapsed in September and his paralysis returned – before recovering for the next 3 months and being allowed to go home.
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