Father of three gets paralyzed from a rare disease one day after returning from vacation in Bali
Craig Hardy returned to his home in Australia after a vacation in Bali when he was bogged down with a rare disease that has him paralyzed ever since
Craig Hardy from Australia hasn't been able to move, speak or breathe on his own since the last three months after he came down with a rare neurological disorder. The father-of-three returned to his home in Australia after a vacation in Bali when he was bogged down with a rare disease that has him paralyzed ever since reports People magazine.
“He’s lying there awake but he’s not able to move,” Craig’s sister-in-law, Deborah Hardy, told news.com.au. “His mind his 100 percent perfect but he’s trapped; it’s like being buried alive.”
Craig, 52, reportedly came home from his vacation and started experiencing an upset stomach, which is something that commonly happens to travelers who visit the famous Indonesian island. However, his symptoms continued to worsen, and when Craig tried to drive himself to the hospital, he started to lose control of his body.
“They took him straight into emergency and by that night he was paralyzed from head to toe and in an induced coma,” Deborah told the news website. On further examination, the doctors discovered that Craig’s organs were shutting down, and placed the “hard-working family man” on a ventilator to help him breathe. The doctors then proceeded to perform a tracheotomy on the man.
Craig's wife Meghan and their three children, Aimee, Tayla and Haydn, were soon informed that Craig had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a rare neurological disorder. Guillain-Barré syndrome is where the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system, and it affects about one in 100,000 people a year. However, the disorder impacts different people in different ways, ranging from a mild weakness in the body to a “devastating” paralysis, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
As of now, Craig remains in the hospital, and he is only able to move his face and neck. “Every now and again he gets the feeling he is drowning because of the fluid on his lungs which they have to pump out,” said his sister. “But he can’t say anything.” Because of his condition, Craig uses a letter board to spell out sentences, and he can only pick out one letter at a time using his eyes. As per the GoFundMe page that was set up for him by his family, Craig’s first question was, “When can I go home?”
There is no proven cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome currently, but in 70 percent of the registered cases, patients tend to make a full recovery from the disorder weeks or months after diagnosis. As for Craig, doctors believe that it may take two years for him in order to regain some of his abilities.
“He’s a hard-working, dedicated family man,” Deborah said. “He’d do anything for anyone, he’s very funny, a strong man, hence his nickname ‘Rock,’ but a heart of gold.”