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Westport woman shares recovery from rare Guillain-Barre Syndrome that left her paralyzed

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

News 12 Connecticut
By Marissa Alter
May 25, 2023

ess Branson, of Westport, had a busy career and an active social life. But in the spring of 2021, Branson's life "went from 60 to zero in a heartbeat" when she became unable to move.

It all began with a stomach bug. "Over time, I started to get numbness and tingling in my hands and my feet," Branson told News 12. She felt weak and lost sensation in her limbs, but despite numerous doctor and emergency room visits, Branson said she couldn't get any answers until she became paralyzed from the shoulders down.

"It felt surreal. I would look at my feet and say, 'Move,' and try and step and I could not move them or advance them forward.

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