On Monday, October 3rd, the Anaheim Ducks announced that forward Patrick Eaves would be out indefinitely due to Guillain-Barre syndrome. Last week, Eaves began to feel weak then saw doctors afterward. He then was admitted to the hospital where he was in the ICU until his condition stabilized.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which a patient’s immune system attacks the nervous system, sometimes resulting in death. Patients usually stabilized at their lowest point of weakness or some paralysis before beginning to improve, though some level of muscle weakness often persists for weeks or longer, or in some cases, even permanently. The condition can be treated but not cured.
Eaves came out with a statement on Monday saying, “I want to thank Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe for their early diagnosis of my condition, along with the proactive Ducks medical team. Thanks to them and the incredible nurses at Hoag Hospital, I’m on the road to recovery. I’ve received tremendous amount of support over the last few days, most importantly from my family, friends and teammates. I’m determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible.”
Along with Eaves’ statement, Bob Murray also came out with a statement on Monday saying, “Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick’s general health and well-being. We are grateful his condition was diagnosed early by Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, and thank the staff at Hoag Hospital and our own medical personnel for their efforts. What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character, and that will serve him well in his recovery. Our thoughts are with Patrick and his family at this time.”
While the recovery time for Guillain-Barre syndrome can vary, we can only hope that Eaves will make a full recovery as quickly as possible. From us over at Puck It Up, we wish you a speedy recovery!