Gainesville, FL--There's some disturbing news concerning one of our area's favorite football sons, Gator great and Fort Walton Beach alum Danny Wuerffel. A newspaper report in Gainesville says the '96 Heisman winner's being treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nerve disorder that can be fatal, but is treatable if caught early enough.
Wuerffel, seen here during the dedication of his, Spurrier's and Tebow's statues in April, was just released from an undisclosed hospital, according to a statement from Desire Street Ministries, the charity Danny founded in New Orleans. Apparantly Wuerffel began feeling ill during a retreat for Desire Street in late May in Colorado.
He recovered from that stomach virus but began to lose the feeling in his legs and arms during a visit to his mission in Montgomery.
Danny, now 37, was diagnosed June 10 and the diagnosis confirmed Wednesday. Guillain-Barre is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. The statement from Desire Street says quote "The doctors anticipate a full recovery, though he has to go through weeks of treatments." We wish Danny the best as he deals with this.