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Get well soon, Ian Schwartz


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 10 Jan 2011 at 10:55
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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!



41 Comments

  • A true gentleman.

    Get well soon Ian.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.01.11 10:58:02 by Morné Reply
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  • Good luck Ian!

    Let’s see you next to the rugby field again soon!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.01.11 10:58:51 by Richard Ferguson (KCM) Reply
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  • Get well soon, Ian.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.01.11 11:00:22 by war1 Reply
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  • Get well soon Ian

    our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

    God Bless You may you get well soon

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.01.11 11:02:36 by chaz Reply

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  • Hectic.

    Get well soon.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.01.11 11:30:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • get well soon…

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.01.11 11:32:51 by VanWilder Reply

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  • He’s a Bull so he’s tougher than the average man!
    But I wish him well and my thoughts and blessings are with him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.01.11 11:33:26 by sanjaydeva Reply

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  • this is such awful news. A friend of my wife’s was hit by this thing back at school. She, thankfully, made a quick and full recovery though. Still, must be an awful experience to suddenly lose all feeling in your legs.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.01.11 11:34:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Get well soon Ian.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.01.11 11:40:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good luck Ian. Hope you recover fully asap.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.01.11 11:41:55 by billy Reply

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  • Wishing Ian a full recovery and strength to him and his family.
    Is’nt this the same condition that Andre Venter has.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.01.11 11:59:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : no – Andre has transverse myelitis, which is an autoimmune problem similar to multiple sclerosis. That is, I fear, incurable.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.01.11 12:11:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Morne posted this on Keo, but will say it here too.

    Get well Ian.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.01.11 12:40:20 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Yeah, had no idea what this syndrome done, but know that all syndromes are autoimmune disorder, where your own immune system attacks the body. No autoimmune syndrome is curable. Read this one and it seems really serious but can improve to some degree.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.01.11 12:43:34 by Puma Reply

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  • I hope for a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.01.11 12:46:11 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 14) : which one? GBS is completely curable and 80% of sufferers recover completely within a year.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.01.11 12:46:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is kak.

    I hope the guy makes a full recovery.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.01.11 12:55:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : Exactly my initial thought as well.

    Is there some other celeb that has suffered this disease in recent years then if it isn’t Venter?

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.01.11 12:57:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : No Rob, No autoimmune disorder is curable. Once your immune system starts to attack its own body it can’t be reversed. Some immune disorders can be controlled to a large degree but never completely curable.

    Just looked this one up again, it is not curable, but can get a lot better.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.01.11 13:05:40 by Puma Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Thought it was Venter, think he suffers from something similar. He is in a wheelchair now. Sad to see such a brilliant player in that position.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.11 13:07:22 by Puma Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : The cricketer Tertius Bosch also suffered (and died) from GBS.

    I hope and trust Ian makes a quick and full recovery. All the best!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.01.11 13:22:13 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Mmmm, can’t edit comments. Wanted to say I hope Ian manages to retain his quality of life and that his chronic treatment is successful.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.01.11 13:27:37 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 19) : where did you look it up? The wikipedia article states that is is completely curable

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.01.11 13:28:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Rob, Look up (Ninds Guillian Barre Syndrome) look at the 2nd paragraph. Is there any treatment? You will read there. There is no known cure for GBS. Sad that, but it can get a lot better.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.01.11 13:30:35 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 24) : from the NHS website…

    What is the outlook?

    Most people with Guillain-Barré syndrome make a full recovery within a few weeks or months and do not have any further problems. Some people may take longer to recover and there is a possibility of permanent nerve damage. See the Treatment section, above, for more information on recovery.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.01.11 13:39:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 24) : and from the same article you found…

    What is the prognosis?

    Guillain-Barré syndrome can be a devastating disorder because of its sudden and unexpected onset. Most people reach the stage of greatest weakness within the first 2 weeks after symptoms appear, and by the third week of the illness 90 percent of all patients are at their weakest. The recovery period may be as little as a few weeks or as long as a few years. About 30 percent of those with Guillain-Barré still have a residual weakness after 3 years. About 3 percent may suffer a relapse of muscle weakness and tingling sensations many years after the initial attack.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.01.11 13:41:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) Rob, from what I read, they make a good recovery, if treated. Not fully though. From what I know, no autoimmune disorder is curable. There are so many, but never heard of this one, until reading it today.

    I just looked up Ninds. Probably the NHS website. Just type Ninds GBS click on the first article and read that one. Read the 2nd paragraph about (Is there any treatment) it tells you there there is no known cure.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.01.11 13:44:07 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Okay see you have got it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.01.11 13:47:27 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Rob, You have to read the rest of the article. There is more to that article than just that.

    Now have to dash, have to go out. Catch up later.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.01.11 13:58:02 by Puma Reply

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  • http://www.guillain-barre.com

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.01.11 14:04:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 28) : but I disagree with you that it is incurable since between 70-80% of people who get it go on to recover fully.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.01.11 14:17:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 32, posted at 10.01.11 14:36:35 by Stef Reply

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  • @Stef (Comment 34) : thanks – I know about that… bloody disaster is what it is

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.01.11 14:41:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Okay Rob, then I hope he recovers fully. That would be great.

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.01.11 14:46:23 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : So what is Sharksworld citizenship?

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : don’t know :)

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : So what is followthebounce on about? :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.01.11 14:59:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : also not to so sure!

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : that’s just wrong on so many levels :)

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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I know…hehehe :lol:

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