NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The family of Caroline Bradner, 22, is trying to get her home from Thailand after she became paralyzed due to a rare autoimmune disease.
The University of Mississippi grad student was working as an English teacher in a town several hours from Bangkok when she began feeling weak. According to a GoFundMe page set up for her, Bradner then began to fee pain in her abdomen.
She visited a hospital where she was told her condition was likely multiple sclerosis but when she returned the next day -paralyzed- doctors diagnosed her with Guillian- Barre Syndrome.
The disease, which attacks the central nervous system, usually reverses itself but can take years to do so. GBS affects 1 in 100,000 people each year.
The insurance company that had initially denied to cover the costs of a special transport for Bradner back to the United States, reversed course and agreed to pay for her return.
She will be returning with her mother who flew to Thailand on Christmas Eve to accompany her daughter.
More than $76,000 raised for her will be used for medical costs and rehabilitation.