GBS patient dies
December 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm
As a former GBS patient, I visited a man with GBS who was paralyzed and on a vent in June, 2013. I told him he would be okay. Feel so bad now. He never completely got off the vent and finally died a few days ago. I never realized a person could die from this.
December 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm
In-hospital mortality for persons diagnosed with GBS is between two and three percent. The elderly, those with cardiac conditions, and those who require ventilation are more likely to die.
GBS and complications associated with it can put a great deal of stress on the body. It is not surprising that a few people will not make it through. Was this gentleman elderly?
December 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
I almost made that statistic. While hospitalized for GBS and undergoing breathing treatments, I went “Code Blue”. They rushed a team to my room to keep me alive. I remember uncontrollably loosing coconsciousness, and then everything went black. After they resuscitated me, I was very groggy and had no comprehension about what had just happened. All I can remember is seeing light and it got brighter as my brain began to function again. I was lucky the team acted so quickly to save my life.
I’m saddened to hear your friend was not able to be kept alive.
December 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Yes, this man was 69 years old. He had the worst case that I have ever heard of. He would get off the vent for a few hours but have to go back on. His wife also has cancer. So sad.
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