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Former Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel undergoing treatment for rare disorder of the nervous system

Former Florida Gators Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel is undergoing treatment for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder of the nervous system.

Desire Street Ministries officials have confirmed that Wuerffel, who is the Executive Director of the Louisiana-based school and charitable organization, is undergoing treatment for the nerve disorder, which was recently diagnosed following a bout with a stomach virus last month.

Wuerffel, 37, was released from an undisclosed hospital on Wednesday.

"Fortunately, an early diagnosis identified the disease, permitting swift medical treatment," Desire Street Ministries Board Chairman Luder Whitlock said in a statement. "Consequently, his GBS specialist expects a full recovery. Meanwhile, Danny has asked me to express his appreciation for the prayers, love and support he has received during this time."

Guillain-Barre causes your body to attack its own immune system, causing muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, and numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, face, and other parts of your body.

Wuerffel's most recent public appearance in Gainesville was in April during the annual spring game when he returned for the unveiling of his Heisman Tropy statute, which sits outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium along with statutes of Tim Tebow and Steve Spurrier.

Periodic progress reports will be posted on Wuerffel's message page at www.desirestreet.org and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/desirestreet). Wuerfel requests that any cards or gifts of encouragement be made to Desire Street Ministries rather than to him personally.

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.

Former Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel undergoing treatment for rare disorder of the nervous system 06/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 7:10am]
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