RARE DISEASE: Story Co. Sheriff Taken Ill

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The Story County Sheriff has been diagnosed with a Guillain-Barre syndrome according to a Story County Democrats email.

Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald was hospitalized in Ames last Wednesday with the disorder.

It’s an uncommon illness where a person’s immune system attacks the nerves. Weakness and tingling are often the first symptoms, but it could paralyze the whole body.

There is no word on the severity of Sheriff Fitzgerald’s symptoms.

The Story County Democrat email says Fitzgerald is being referred to Mayo Clinic. He is currently at Mary Greeley Hospital.

They say he would love to receive cards but is not feeling well enough for visits.

Although there is no cure, most people recover from the symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome.