NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Forward Patrick Eaves of Anaheim Ducks was currently resting at Hoag Hospital. He made an appointment with a specialist last week due to feeling signs of weakness in his body.
Patrick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It’s a serious disease in which one’s antibodies attack the peripheral nervous system. It’s a rare condition that leads to muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling.
When left untreated, it eventually leads to paralysis. Its certain cause is unknown, but it was observed to occur after a viral or bacterial infection. Patrick was later admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where his condition had stabilized over the weekend.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a disease with no known cure, but it is not something that people won’t recover from. The treatment involves reducing the effects of the symptoms.
The doctors already transferred the NHL player out of the ICU, and he is expected to make a full recovery. He is thankful to his doctors, Dr. Robert Watkins and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, for their early diagnosis, as well as to his team’s medical team.
Patrick received tremendous amounts of support from his team, family, and friends during his recovery period. He also expressed his desire to go back to the game and play as soon as possible.
The Ducks Forward has one goal in two games this season. At 33, he had signed a three-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks last June 23. He extended his contract just after he set NHL career heights of 32 goals and 51 points last season with Anaheim and the Dallas Stars.
Duck’s General Manager, Bob Murray, said that they are focusing on his recovery and well-being. He is very thankful for the early diagnosis and said that his strength of character defines Patrick Eaves.
This will surely serve him well on his speedy recovery, along with the support from his family and friends.