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Heisman Trophy Winner Diagnosed With Rare Disorder

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Danny Wuerffel

1996 Heisman Trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel, who led the University of Florida to a college football national championship that season has been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome as a result of a stomach virus.

Ugh! So sorry to hear that, but fortunately doctors expect a full recovery.

The rare immune disorder attacked his nervous system after his body generated an immune response against the viral infection that spilled over to his peripheral nerves.

The syndrome damages the nerves’ protective covering, called the myelin sheath, and causes muscle weakness.

At first, symptoms include tingling and weakness in the legs, but will eventually spread to the upper body and can result in paralysis!

Doctors diagnosed the disorder early enough that they believe he will be effectively treated and his camp released a statement, saying:

“Consequently, his GBS specialist expects a full recovery. Meanwhile, Danny has asked me to express his appreciation for the prayers, love and support he has received during this time.”

Good luck! Feel better, Danny!

[Image via AP Images.]

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