Tag Archive: guillain barre syndrome

Kansas teen remains grateful after challenge with Guillain-Barré
In the News, Patient Stories
November 13, 2023

After the 4th of July, Gunnar Sorell noticed numbness in his thighs, then little by little, he started losing feeling everywhere. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome and the rare neurological disease left Gunnar unable to move. “Losing all of my muscle function, it was very scary,” Gunnar said. He came to Madonna motivated to return to sports, school and work at his family business. His care team used specialized technology to help wake up his muscles and helped him put everything in perspective about his journey. Tune in now to learn all about Gunnar’s experience with GBS:

Kansas woman relies on resilience during recovery at Madonna
In the News, Patient Stories
April 10, 2023

What started as pneumonia turned into a months-long recovery for Zena Schmelzle. About a week into her illness, Zena realized her tongue had gone numb, and she started to feel weak. A visit to the ER and several diagnostic tests later revealed she had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which the immune system damages nerves. The 51-year-old arrived at Madonna unable to walk or eat solid food, but she came armed with two secret weapons: a supportive family and a resilient spirit. You can learn more about her recovery here.

Four-year-old boy makes waves at Madonna after being diagnosed with GBS
In the News, Patient Stories
July 27, 2022

When he’s not watching "Paw Patrol," 4-year-old Jensen Miles loves playing outside. But in May 2022, his parents knew something was wrong when his body grew weak and he lost the use of his arms and legs. Doctors at Boys Town National Research Hospital diagnosed the energetic boy from O’Neill, Nebraska, with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare condition where the immune system attacks the body’s nerves.