Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense has been admitted to Shepherd Center in Atlanta this week to undergo rehabilitation for neurological impairments related to Guillain Barré syndrome, according to a statement released by the hospital on Thursday.
According to a description by the Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barré (ghee-YA-buh-RAY) syndrome is a disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency requiring hospitalization.
According to a Shepherd Center spokeswoman, Jane Sanders, Bense said his goal is to recover after months of rehabilitation under the guidance of a treatment team.
Shepherd Center specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury and neuromuscular disorders such as Guillain Barré syndrome. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center, a private, not-for-profit hospital, is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.
Sanders said the Bense family is appreciative for the outpouring of support from friends and supporters in Panama City, Tallahassee and elsewhere in Florida. For updates on his progress and to post messages that cheer him on toward recovery, visit Mr. Bense’s CaringBridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/allanbense.
Bense was admitted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville in mid-September for the rare nervous system condition in mid-September. According to the family's online journal, Bense went to the ER on Sept. 8 after experiencing what felt like a heart attack.