UPDATE: West teenager almost out of hospital

Presented as written by Kayla van Petegem, journalist at Rekord Moot:

UPDATE: West teenager almost out of hospital

Giovanni Hendriks in hospital. Photo: Facebook

If all goes well, a teenager from the west of Pretoria will be discharged from hospital soon.

Hoërskool Tuine learner, Giovanni Hendriks from Danville has been in hospital since February after he became paralysed because of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

“He might be released this week or next week,” his father Giani said.

“His body parts also started working except for his hands and feet.”

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Giani said when Giovanni is released, he would have to go for rehab therapy.

“His hands and feet will recover when he undergoes therapy,” he said.

Giovanni was currently still in the high care unit at Kalafong hospital.

Rekord previously reported that Giovanni, came home from school, on 25 February to tell his mother, Elize, that he wasn’t feeling well.

Elize explained that Giovanni was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré GBS nine years ago.

GBS is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system—the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord.

He had been diagnosed with this syndrome again after about a month in hospital when doctors noticed that he had an infection in his nerve points, upon which he went for an MRI scan at Steve Biko Academic hospital.

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