Wuerffel Reportedly Battling Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Former Bears quarterback Danny Wuerffel is undergoing treatment for a potentially debilitating disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Desire Street Ministries, a nonprofit, faith-based organization with which Wuerffel works said in a statement last Wednesday that the former Heisman Trophy winner contracted the disorder from a stomach virus.

Spokeswoman Sara Pace said Wuerffel initially was hospitalized in Montgomery, Ala., and later transferred to Birmingham, but is now receiving outpatient treatment at a location that the family would like to remain private. He expects to make a full recovery. The syndrome occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the nervous system, it is the same disorder that has plagued former Bears star William “Refrigerator” Perry.

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