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Local teen competing again after rare illness

In June of 2018, 14-year-old Eli Guise was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The rare, nerve attacking disease left him partially paralyzed.

After spending two months recovering at Riley Hospital for Children, Eli was discharged.  At that time, he was standing, but could barely walk.

Fast forward to January, Eli is back participating in air rifle competitions, one of his favorite hobbies.

Eli competed in the National Junior Olympic Air Rifle Qualification. 

This competition required Eli to stand for over an hour, while concentrating on his shooting.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is so rare the CDC estimates there are 1 to 2 cases per 100,000 people.

The disease attacks a person's nerves.

"And for whatever reason, their own immune system starts working against their peripheral nerves in the body.  So, this doesn't affect the brain and the spinal cord, it actually goes after the outlets, the more distal nerves, usually in the feet then the distal legs, and it can also involve the hands,” says Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Eli will find out if he qualifies to the next portion of the National Junior Olympic Air Rifle Qualifiers on Monday.


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