State: Worcester, MA
Facility: UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
One morning, Marissa woke up and was unable to feel anything on her right side. She had numbness and tingling in her fingers and toes, a headache and no depth perception. After two trips to the hospital, doctors could only tell her she had complex migraines. By the third day, Marissa was unable to walk and the pain had moved to her stomach. She was taken to the ER where she received a spinal tap, MRI and some blood work. She was diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome, a variant of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Marissa was then transferred to UMass Memorial where she was intubated and moved to the ICU. She was given doses of medicine to help with the pain. Now, one month later, she is finally breathing on her own and is able to talk. She will be transferred to a rehab facility where she will work to strengthen her muscles and body. She continues to strive ahead and hopes to be back to 100%!