Thursday, June 16, 2011

Danny Wuerffel Hospitalized

On Wednesday Matt Hinton reported that Danny Wuerffel had been hospitalized with a rare autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis if untreated.  Below is the email prayer request sent out by Danny via Desire Street Ministries.

A prayer request on my end. I caught a stomach bug last week on our Desire Ministry retreat in Colorado and my body got screwed up fighting the virus. I didn't recover well. I started losing feeling in my legs, and then while in Montgomery this week visiting our ministry partner, Bryan Kelly, I started losing feeling and strength in my hands and arms. After a series of crazy tests all day Friday (it was actually a blessing to have been in Montgomery), I was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome a pretty dangerous type of temporary but progressive paralysis. It was my immune system overreaction to the stomach bug that started attacking my nervous system. Fortunately, it was diagnosed early and I'm on a week-long treatment that should make everything be ok.
Crazy stuff. I'm doing well and very thankful to be getting good help. I'll be in Montgomery at least until next Tuesday. Please pray for a full and hopefully quick recovery.

The Gainesville Sun has reported that he is doing well at a private facility.
Spokeswoman Sara Pace said Wuerffel initially was hospitalized in Montgomery, Ala., and later transferred to Birmingham, but is now receiving outpatient treatment at a location that the family would like to remain private. He expects to make a full recovery.
The syndrome occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the nervous system.
“Fortunately, an early diagnosis identified the disease, permitting swift medical treatment,” DSM board chair Luder Whitlock said. “Consequently, his GBS specialist expects a full recovery.

Please continue to pray for Danny, and if you'd like to know more about his ministry work and for updates on his progress, please go to