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Anyone who knows Murry knows he is a tough man, always working, helping others and would give the shirt off his back to help a friend or family member. Unfortunately he will be unable to work, help friends & family, work in his garage, do yard work or even walk for we are not sure for how long.
 
April 29 Murry received his AstraZeneca Vaccine. Two weeks later (Friday May 14) he started to get numbness with pins & needles in his fingers and toes, gradually worsening over the next couple of days. Monday he went to the chiropractor thinking possibly a pinched nerve which didn’t help. Tuesday he went to work feeling off and almost had a fall, left work to go to the hospital. Hospital sent him home after doing some blood tests and sent in a request for a neurology appointment saying it could be 12-14 days. Wednesday, the muscle weakness, numbness etc was worse, back to the hospital, eKG tests, more blood tests, more appointments booked. Thursday the symptoms progressed. Back to emergency, this time with Jenn (girlfriend) in tow. Demanded some answers, this isn’t right, something is most definitely wrong. 6.5 hours they did more blood tests and a lumbar puncture to get some spinal fluid. We were told to be at the Edmonton Kaye Clinic for 9am to see the Neurologist. 
 
Neurologist #1 diagnosed him with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Ok….: Neurologist #2 did some nerve conductive testing, same diagnosis. They admitted him to the U of A Hospital to start treatment ASAP.
 
New neurologist at the hospital also confirmed the diagnosis and asked if he has just gotten the AstraZeneca. They just had one other patient with the same syndrome after AstraZeneca. That patient is now at the Glenrose getting rehabilitation.
 
This syndrome causes paralysis, Murry has very little use of his feet or upper arms. His legs are weak and even the simplest task of opening a cookie packet is extremely difficult. He is currently undergoing IVIG treatment and we are waiting to hear about rehabilitation, physio & home care. We were told that the recovery time varies, it could be 3 months or it could be 6. 
 
Murry’s girlfriend has been at the hospital with him helping him walk to the bathroom, eat, get some fresh air, keeping him positive. Jenn will have to go back to work and they will be in need of assistance at home. Not just physio and home care but yard work and so on. Without Murry’s income for 3-6 months it puts a huge stress on his shoulders. Any little bit helps! Even if you are able to assist with yard work.
 
Thank you to everyone who has been following our updates on Facebook with all your kind words. We will be sure to post updates here as well.
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Bryan Clarke 
Organizer
Yellowhead County, AB
Jenn Donovan 
Beneficiary

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