Navigation Links
Engineer Paralyzed by Undercooked Lamb

Auckland engineer, Paul White was paralyzed by consuming undercooked lamb shanks. It left unable to breathe with out assistance and even unable to blink at one stage during// which his eyes had to be taped shut at night so he could sleep.

These are the frightening symptoms of an extreme case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which can leave people unable to move. Although no single cause of GBS has been found as yet, it can develop a week or two after a throat or intestinal infection. One recognized cause of GBS is Campylobacter.

A recent study by Otago University has shown that campylobacter poisoning in New Zealand have nearly trebled in the past 15 years to become the highest in the world. The number of reported cases of campylobacter poisoning was 1425 in May alone.

Campylobacter is known to be a bacterium that causes stomach cramps, diarrhoea and fever extending up to a week.

However in about one in every 1000 cases, the disease can develop into GBS that can paralyze patients for months. It is an auto-immune disorder that attacks the nervous system. The initial symptoms like muscle weakness in the face, arms and legs is followed by tingling or numbness that can develop in hours or weeks. Recent figures from Ministry of Health have shown that it affects about 190 New Zealanders a year, from mild to severe cases. A fifth of all cases will be left with a permanent disability. At present in Auckland, there are seven people hospitalized because of this.

GBS struck White in July last year. He ate some reheated lamb shanks that had been in the fridge for several days when his wife and children were out of town. He succumbed to campylobacter poisoning for a week and took time off work as an engineer at Auckland's Alloy Yachts. However when the 43-year-old went back to work, still feeling unwell, he realized something was really wrong.

When he tried to reach up to something on a shelf he realized he couldn't lift his right arm above his head. Very soon he needed two hands to hold a cup of tea because his hands were tingling.

When he woke on July 28, his daughter Jessie's 10th birthday, he found that he couldn't move his arms or legs. A few days later White couldn't breathe and ended up needing a tracheotomy to keep him alive. Unable to swallow, or move his head he remained in hospital for almost 11 months.

White is now back at home, slowly rebuilding his strength. He has been learning to walk and talk again and feeding with the help of his children.


Related medicine news :

1. Mixed Opinion Regarding Common Medical And Engineering Entrance Test
2. Regulators Object Drug Produced from Genetically Engineered Farm Animals
3. Scientists Engineer Artificial Penis
4. Medical And Engineering Students Take Out Rally
5. Engineered Tissue Implants benefited Knee Injured patients
6. Engineering Nutrient-Rich Plants Made For Feasible By New Findings
7. Indian American have Genetically Engineered Edible Cottonseed
8. USDA Gives Go-Ahead to Market Controversial Genetically Engineered Rice, LL601
9. Xylitol To Be Produced By Genetically Engineered E. Coli
10. Genetic-Engineered Cows Resist Mad Cow Disease
11. Researchers Explore the Effect of Engineered Immune Cells on HIV
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/26/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... new set of retro-fused, self-animating trailer titles with ProTrailer: Vintage. This newly styled ... These classically-influenced trailer titles work with any font, giving users limitless opportunities to ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... ... Inc., developer and distributor of the world-class Asterisk based contact center software Q-Suite, announces ... new Q-Suite 6 platform is based on the latest Java Enterprise standards. By conforming ... of software for many key components of the suite. Much of the suite runs ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... As part of a global ... attracts volunteers together who want to combine talents and resources to help create ... the process. The non-profit launched its first major fundraiser on November 6, 2015 ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Finnleo, a leader ... Eve on several models of traditional and far-infrared saunas. , For traditional ... is the most traditional Finnish sauna wood, and Finnleo uses only European Grade A ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... offering factory direct sauna parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories help improve the ... bather’s style and personality. From basic styles for the purist looking for simplicity ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... their offering.  --> ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> adds "Global ... and "Investigation Report on China Repaglinide ... 2021 forecasts data and information to ... . --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 ... "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" ... ) has announced the addition ... Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... ) has announced the addition of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: