Cheektowaga man with rare syndrome fighting for his life

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Megan Rucker says her family’s Cheektowaga home has been quiet, and not the same without her big brother Chris.

Two years ago he contracted a rare syndrome called guillain barre.

“It attacks your nervous system he ended up being paralyzed for several months because of it and it took a lot of physical therapy to get him to even walk again,” said Megan Rucker, Chris’s sister.

He suffered some permanent nerve damage in his hands and feet. Over the past year he’s been transferred from one hospital to another. Three weeks ago his condition started getting worse.

“They already knew that he had a cyst on his pancreas and it kind of turned into oh he has a blood clot in his spleen, it turned into them figuring out that he has arterial blockage to his liver and so he could be a candidate for a liver transplant,” said Rucker.

Last Friday, he was put on life support. On Saturday he was taken to Celeveland Clinic by Mercy Flight.

The road to recovery ahead is long and uncertain.

“He’s in a very critical state that they don’t want to go into surgery and have it be a fatal one. They just have to do more tests to see if what organs are working, if they have to remove cysts, if they have to go in and clear blockages, if they have to do transplants they’re not 100% sure yet,” said Rucker.

Doctors say there’s a chance that Chris may not make it, but his family members are keeping the faith and hoping he’ll pull through.

“I just want to give him a chance at life again because I feel like he doesn’t really know what that’s felt like for quite some time,” said Rucker.

Chris’s story has really struck a chord with the community. A gofundme page was just created for him a couple days ago and already more than $6,700 hundred dollars has been raised.

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