Central Texas woman struck by sudden paralysis comes full circle

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Guillain-Barré syndrome, the same rare neurological disorder that benched Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick last season turned Kristy Gustin’s life upside down in December, leaving the Waco woman paralyzed and on a ventilator.

Kristy Gustin. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

She’s now coming full-circle, and on Monday returned to Baylor Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital in Temple to thank the doctors who got her back on her feet.

She spent two and a half months at the facility slowly recovering from the disorder, which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

“The last time I left I went out on a stretcher and went in an ambulance and it was the same with coming in. So I never really got to walk in or walk out. It was kind of surreal walking in for the first time.” Gustin said.

Monday, she presented the team with a poem called “Making a Difference”.

The reunion was filled with tears, laughter and hugs.

Gustin says the staff there is like a second family.

“They're like my family, I was here for two and a half months and they were amazing.”

The staff says her positive attitude is what made her and her husband so special.

"They took the worst possible prognosis and said 'Nope, we're going to beat this. We're going to walk again and Kristy is going to hold her grandbabies again,’” acute care nurse practitioner Alpha Schwan said Monday..

In March Gustin was transferred to a specialized rehabilitation center through Scott & White in Dallas.

At the end of April, she was sent home.

Her recovery has taken five months, and she’s not back to 100 percent yet, but she can stand and walk with assistance.