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Fred has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a very rare condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves damaging nerve cells and causing paralysis. The condition may be triggered by a viral infection. Symptoms started on Sunday December 9 with weakness and tingling in the feet and legs that spread to the upper body. Fred's case is severe and has weakened his ability to breathe on his own. He received immunoglobulin therapy that can relieve symptoms. Physical therapy is needed. There is no cure and recovery is long-term.
He is in the life-care unit at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights Room 103. Visitors are welcome from 8:00 am through 8:30 pm. He was transferred from Allegheny General on Friday, January 4. Weekly updates from his care team will be added here. Please send Fred your well wishes and leave him a note in the journal. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.