Man claims he was left paralysed after eating chicken curry

2018-12-13 12:39
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A man has been left paralysed from the nose down by a rare immune disorder, which he alleges was triggered by a dodgy Chinese chicken curry.

David Braham (40) reportedly became unwell during his seven-year-old son’s rugby match in April.

The father of three initially thought it was just an upset stomach caused by the meal. 

But David’s condition quickly deteriorated and he was later rushed to the hospital, according to Fox News.

He was initially treated with antibiotics and sent home after a six-day hospital stay.

But the next day a tingling feeling started to spread through his body.  

“I didn’t feel quite right,” said the former driving instructor from Bridgend, Wales.

“It just started with a tingling feeling then before I knew it I was literally locked in my own body. It was absolutely terrifying," he said.

Within 24 hours he couldn’t move a muscle and was taken back to hospital by ambulance.

It was then that medics discovered he was suffering from food poisoning, which caused the rare autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome, The Mirror reports.

The rare condition causes the immune system to attack nerve functions and can be triggered by infections, such as food poisoning.

David, who’s separated from his wife, was placed in an induced coma for four weeks. 

He was left paralysed from the face down and unable to talk, Metro reports.

In May he was woken up from the coma and placed on a ventilator for the next four months after he lost the ability to breathe on his own.

“When I woke up I had no idea what was going on. I couldn’t feel a thing.”

He began the long and slow road to recovery and in September he was send to a rehabilitation centre.

Thanks to daily physiotherapy, occupational therapy and weekly aqua-therapy sessions, he took his first steps in early November.

Eight months since the incident took place he can finally walk on his own.

“I did wonder if there’d ever be a way out,” he said. “All I want to do is play with my kids again and be a dad again.

“It was the thought of my kids that kept me going. I’ve been fighting for them. I didn’t think I’d survive.

“I had to learn how to wash myself and brush my teeth again. It took me three months to be able to move my legs again.

“It was like being a baby and having to learn how to do simple things again.

“Spending so much time in hospital has been horrible but I’ve got a strong bond with the guys here in rehab.”

He was able to visit home and spend time with his children for the first time on 8 December.

He now has his sights set on sitting at the dinner table on Christmas Day surrounded by his loved ones.

David expects to remain in rehab until at least March.

Sources: Fox News, The Mirror, Metro

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