We heard this morning that Blue Bulls High Performance Director Ian Schwartz has been struck down by a rare debilitating disease known as Guillain Barré Syndrome.
The onset of the disease was incredibly rapid and despite attending a meeting at work on Wednesday afternoon, Schwartz was admitted to hospital in Pretoria that same evening. He is understood to currently be paralysed from the waist down, although his breathing is not affected, which is a good sign. GBS strikes fewer than 2 people in 100 000, making it incredibly rare. It is classified as a peripheral neuropathy, meaning that it is a disease attacking the peripheral nervous system.
While the disease is debilitating in the extreme, the good news is that 80% of sufferers recover fully within a year, with recovery generally starting from the fourth week after the onset of the disease. Schwartz is expecting further news today on his prognosis and is currently enjoying massive support from all of those involved in Blue Bulls Rugby, as well as the wider rugby community.
We’d like to add our voice and use this opportunity to wish Ian Schwartz a full and speedy recovery. I’m sure all of our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his friends at this time. Get well soon, Ian!Tweet