Anas Ilahi, a B. Com graduate aged 22 years, currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Trichy, son of Mr.Shahid Salam, got infected by Guillain Barre Syndrome during his 2nd term of MBA. On 31st December 2020, he was admitted to Panacea Hospital, Kanpur as he was completely paralyzed, and with a few MRI scans being done, we got to know that he was infected with a very rare virus. Most hospitals refused to admit him citing the graveness of his condition, and they could not guarantee his full recovery. After a continuous treatment of 5-6 days under the supervision of a nerve specialist and a physiotherapist, where he was given about 5 vaccines each day with each vaccine costing around Rs.9,000, he was out of danger but the attack had impacted his internal organs along with his hands and legs. Still, after 6 days of treatment, he could not move his limbs. After a week, he got discharged under the doctor’s guidance. But as per the experts, it will take a minimum of 2 to 3 months for him to return to normal condition. As of now, he is under the medication and continuous monitoring by a physiotherapist, which costs him Rs 1000 on a daily basis. He has already spent more than Rs 7,50,000. We, the students at IIM Trichy are starting a fund-raising campaign to help Anas Ilahi meet his medical expenses. We hope there are many kind hearts who are ready to donate for a genuine cause. Let us all wish Anas a speedy recovery.
This fundraiser is posted by Elixir - the social responsibility club of IIM Trichy.
Note: Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare but serious autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells in your peripheral nervous system (PNS). This leads to weakness, numbness, and tingling, and can eventually cause paralysis. The cause of this condition is unknown, but it’s typically triggered by an infectious illness, such as gastroenteritis (irritation of the stomach or intestines) or a lung infection.
Guillain-Barré is rare, affecting only about 1 in 100,000 Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. There’s no cure for the syndrome, but treatment can reduce the severity of your symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.
There are multiple types of Guillain-Barré, but the most common form is acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP). It results in damage to myelin. Other types include Miller Fisher syndrome, which affects the cranial nerves.