Kyle Murphy is on a mission to encourage and inspire others through sharing his incredible story of overcoming Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), a rare nerve condition that left him completely paralyzed from the neck down for over a year. Read Kyles story below.
Kyles story begins in 2013 when he was playing college baseball for a D3 college in St Paul MN, with hopes of playing professional one day. He finished his second year as a starting pitcher, when he began noticing symptoms of a severe condition. Suddenly, he began to struggle with his balance, strength, and mobility. Just a trip to the bathroom would be exhausting. Finally, one night in early November 2013, Kyles family loaded him up in the car and rushed him to the emergency room at a small local hospital. They would run some initial tests, but had zero answers. He was then rushed by ambulance to a much bigger hospital in the Twin Cities of MN, where he would stay for close to a month. At this point, Kyle was completely paralyzed from the chest down, with limited mobility in his arms and neck. They began tests immediately including EKGs, Ultra Sounds, X-rays, Spinal Taps, and MRIs. Finally, on Thanksgiving Day the team of Drs had some answers for Kyle and his family! They diagnosed him with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) a rare nerve condition where the immune system attacks some kind of infection in the body, but also attacks the nervous system and lining in the muscles causing paralysis. In Kyles case, his immune system attacked an infection caused by an ingrown toenail from his pitching in baseball. He was so happy and thankful that his diagnosis was not terminal, but temporary. He had hope, but it was very far in the distance. He was then treated through 5 intense rounds of Plasmapheresis which would stop the infection, but the road to recovery would be long. Even though the Drs told him that it would be a year or more before he would even be able to stand on his own again, Kyle was determined to prove them wrong. He was discharged from the hospital after nearly a month, and began his long road to recovery at home working with a close family friend who is also a physical therapist. He had to re learn everything you could possibly imagine from holding utensils to feed himself, to tying his shoes, to standing and walking and everything in between. After about 10 months of hard PT and OT, Kyle stood! Shortly after he began to take steps with a walker, then a cane, then unassisted!
He is so thankful for his loving family who fought through this journey every step of the way, literally!
He has since nearly fully recovered, wrote an e-book on Amazon called “TEMPORARY”, has done some professional streetwear modeling for a couple stores in the Mall of America, as well as some clothing brands and on social media! He also took up boxing to greatly improve his recovery, and he even was able to compete in some amateur fights!
Kyle is living proof that anything is possible through hard work, determination, and pure GRIT!
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Check out his e-book “TEMPORARY” on Amazon.