Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is receiving treatment at a Birmingham hospital for Guillian-Barre syndrome, reports the Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley. The ailment is defined as "a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness."
He'd reportedly been complaining of losing feeling in his limbs after catching a "stomach bug" during a trip to Colorado.
The recovery period can last anywhere from days to years, but most sufferers are able to recover. The worst cases can quickly lead to paralysis in a matter of hours. There isn't a cure, but treatment is available that can help manage and prevent complications.
Best wishes to a SEC great and a man with a sterling off-field reputation. Among Wuerffel's post-football activities has been working to help develop poorer communities in New Orleans. After the news of Godfrey Myles' sudden passing, it's already been a hard enough month for Florida supporters.