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22-YO American Girl Travels To Thailand For Student Teaching But Gets Hit With Sudden Illness Leaving Her Stranded And Paralyzed; Now, Her Family Needs Your Prayers

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January 04, 2019

The family of Caroline Bradner needs your prayers to bring back their 22-year-old daughter.

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Caroline Bradner moved to Thailand in October 2018 to become a student-teacher. Her first few weeks offered her the experience of a lifetime; getting to teach young children on the other side of the world was always a dream for Caroline. But sadly, just weeks into her journey, she fell ill.

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In mid-December, Caroline began experiencing major stomach pains. After taking some time off to let her body rest, she woke on December 22nd totally paralyzed. Unable to move, she was transported to a hospital where doctors were sorry to say that young Caroline was experiencing symptoms of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome, also known as “GBS,” is a rare autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the nerves, causing symptoms such as muscle weakness that eventually leads to paralysis. The Center for Disease Control believes that an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop the condition each year in the United States.

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GBS left her completely paralyzed and forced her family to make a massive change in their holiday plans. Caroline’s mother, made the international flight to be with her daughter. She was shocked to arrive and learn that her daughter was paralyzed from the neck down.

After learning of the severity of the initial condition, Caroline and her family were told that GBS is not permanent- thank God! As a temporary syndrome, patients have been known to make a full recovery over months and sometimes years. Knowing that their daughter could make a recovery, her parents began making arrangements to get her back into the US for better care.

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The sudden trip back home and continued healthcare would be expensive, so Caroline’s sister set up a GoFundMe and shared it on her social media. Within days, the goal of $70,000 was raised by less than 1,000 donors.

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Caroline and her family are headed back to the US to receive the proper care for their daughter. There is no telling when or if she will be totally healed, but her family is hopeful as she is already showing several signs of recovery. Caroline’s father, Jim, shared, “We see improvements every day. They may be small improvements.”

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Jim also shared his gratitude at all the people who had donated towards his daughter’s recovery process. In interviews with ABC and CBS, he said, “We just appreciate everybody’s help and outpouring. All the support and prayers. Caroline has a lot of family and friends in her corner. They are pulling for her and want to get her home ASAP, so she can get the care she needs.” He added, “It’s very humbling to know that people care. It could be anybody’s daughter. It could be anybody’s child. And they all want the same thing. They want them to be safe. They want them to come home. They want them to get better.”

Please join the Bradner family in prayer! We believe Caroline will return home and make a full recovery! Caroline is grateful to have been in Thailand as the Thai people have remained joyful and so helpful during this difficult time. Thank you for your prayers!

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