July 16, 2024

Grammy- and Oscar-nominated indie musician Sufjan Stevens is studying the best way to stroll once more after being identified with a uncommon autoimmune illness, he mentioned on his Tumblr web page, which was reposted to his Instagram Wednesday. 

Stevens, 48, mentioned he awakened one morning in August along with his fingers, legs and arms numb and couldn’t stroll. His brother drove him to an emergency room and, after a sequence of assessments, medical doctors instructed him he has Guillain-Barré syndrome. 

The musician defined he’s nonetheless within the hospital and that’s the reason he hasn’t been in a position to take part within the promotion for his upcoming album, “Javelin,” set to launch on Oct. 6. 

“Fortunately there’s therapy for this — they administer immuno-hemoglobin infusions for 5 days and pray that the illness doesn’t unfold to the lungs, coronary heart and mind. Very scary, but it surely labored,” he mentioned. “I spent about two weeks in Med/Surg, caught in a mattress, whereas my medical doctors did all of the issues to maintain me alive and stabilize my situation. I owe them my life.”

Stevens mentioned he’s now present process intensive bodily and occupational remedy to construct power and study to stroll once more. 

“It’s a sluggish course of, however they are saying I’ll ‘get better,’ it simply takes numerous time, endurance, and onerous work,” he wrote. “I’m dedicated to getting higher, I’m in good spirits, and I’m surrounded by a extremely nice crew.”

In line with the World Well being Group, Guillain-Barré syndrome is a situation wherein an individual’s immune system assaults the peripheral nerves. It’s extra widespread in adults and males, however it could possibly have an effect on individuals of all ages. 

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