Woman Wakes Up Feeling Strange - Completely Paralyzed Hours Later

A 21-year-old Wales woman woke up with a stiff neck and thought she slept wrong. As the day progressed, so did her symptoms.

At her age, Helen Fincham thought she was in the peak of health. She attributed the stiff neck to a bad night's sleep and went on with her day. By the middle of the day, things had gotten progressively worse. Once she couldn't feel her legs anymore, she called emergency services.

Paramedics arrived and Fincham collapsed. At the hospital, doctors at first didn't believe the young woman couldn't walk at all. Fincham explains, "I was crying my eyes out screaming at them I couldn’t."

When she couldn't even squeeze the nurses hand, doctors realized the young woman meant she literally couldn't get up. She spent three months paralyzed from the ordeal.

It took about two months of testing to discover Fincham was suffering from a very rare neurological condition. Her spinal cord became inflamed and damaged her nerve fibers. It's taken three months, but Fincham is finally getting some of the sensation back in her legs.

“I think doctors need to be more open minded and careful about how the treat patients with neurological and paralysis symptoms, it really was traumatic," said Fincham of the ordeal.

“I now have physio and hydrotherapy every week and my next goal is to be able to get in and out of bed by myself and then there’s a chance I’ll be able to go home. It’s just taking a long time because I’ve become so weak because I can’t move."

She's looking forward to recovering as best she can and getting on with her life.

Source: The Sun
Photo: The Sun/Caters News Agency

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