Allen Funk moved from Spartanburg to Keowee Key several years ago. In 2008, he
expected family and friends to join him for a beach vacation, but those plans
would be interrupted by a disease that only one or two people out of 100,000 experience
in a lifetime – Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a neurological disorder in which
the immune system attacks the nerves and can cause paralysis in hours.
It began as a tingle in his feet and then spread. Over the next two days, Allen would become paralyzed from the neck down.
The cause of Guillain-Barre is not known, but for many affected people it’s triggered by a respiratory infection or common flu virus. In most cases, GBS sufferers eventually make a full recovery but have a risk of relapse and loss of mobility or motor skills. In Allen’s case, a trip to Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital (RCP) of Greenville Health System was in order after 10 days in Intensive Care at Georgetown Hospital.
“The crew that worked with me at RCP went above and beyond. I always felt like I was the only patient they were working with,” Funk said.
Allen’s medical team included a neurophysiologist, recreational therapist, occupational therapist, physician, and physical therapist. His family and friends were also essential in his healing experience.
If you'd like more information on supporting patients and families, contact Philanthropy & Partnership Director of Neurology & Post-Acute Care Dianne Dillon at (864) 797-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.