Man Left Paralyzed After Complaining of Stomach Upset

Man Left Paralyzed After Complaining of Stomach Upset

A young man named Tom Pegg has been left paralyzed from the neck down after experiencing an upset stomach while on holiday in Bali, according to his sister. After returning to his home in Dubai, his symptoms worsened, including swelling of his eyes. Initially believed to be an allergy, Tom was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself.

Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly, with his eyes swelling shut, difficulty breathing, and an inability to speak. His brother raised the alarm and emergency carers were contacted. Now, a crowdfunding campaign has raised over £108,000 to transport Tom back to the UK, where he will receive treatment at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Tom’s sister, Hollie Pegg, described the impact of the disease on Tom’s life, stating, “He’s gone from being a fit, healthy, fun-loving guy to being frail… It’s such a horrendous disease that happens so quickly and out of the blue. It’s put my brother’s life on hold.” Despite his paralysis, Tom remains fully aware of his surroundings and has retained his sense of humor. Using his phone, he is able to communicate with friends, though he cannot move his face.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s nervous system instead of germs. While most individuals recover within a year, one in five patients experience long-term problems or face fatality. Tom’s condition is considered severe, resulting in paralysis from the neck down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and has shown promising progress through plasma exchange treatment.

Tom’s family has been by his side throughout his hospitalization, but their mother was unable to join them due to her own battle with stage three breast cancer. The funds raised through the campaign will enable Tom to return to the UK for continued treatment and support.

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