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Canada Gatineau woman stuck in Greece with sudden illness

13:33  14 may  2018
13:33  14 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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A Gatineau woman who went to Greece for a martial arts convention is now unable to come home after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a © Radio-Canada Lucie Bergeron said she is having a difficult time communicating with the medical team in Greece that is looking after her daughter.

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a couple of people posing for the camera: Gatineau resident Mélanie Bergeron McAndrew, centre, is stuck in Greece after she was suddenly diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder.© Submitted by Mike Leclair Gatineau resident Mélanie Bergeron McAndrew, centre, is stuck in Greece after she was suddenly diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder.

A Gatineau woman who went to Greece for a martial arts convention is now unable to come home after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

Mélanie Bergeron McAndrew and her karate classmates from the Masson-Angers region wanted to take a cruise to the Greek islands after the World Kobudo Federation's World Martial Arts Convention in Athens.

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A Gatineau woman who went to Greece for a martial arts convention is now unable to come home after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Mélanie Bergeron McAndrew and her karate classmates from the Masson-Angers region wanted to take a cruise to the

HEALTH HEADLINE: Gatineau woman stuck in a Greek hospital with rare auto-immune disorder. Women in Greece - Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org. The status and characteristics of ancient and modern-day women in Greece evolved from the events that occurred in the history of Greece .

"With [the visit to] the Acropolis, plus the time change, plus the three-day training, it's normal that we're all a bit tired," Bergeron McAndrew's karate instructor, Mike Leclair, told Radio-Canada in French.

While on the cruise ship for her 35th birthday last Wednesday, the pain took over to such an extent that she had to travel in a wheelchair.

The ship's doctor had to give her painkillers.

Immune system condition

The next day, Bergeron McAndrew went to a hospital on the island of Rhodes for a more complete diagnosis.

Doctors said she has Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a condition that causes the immune system to attack the peripheral nerves of the body.

The cause is unknown and there is no cure, though treatment can help with symptoms such as severe pain and difficulty breathing or walking.

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Gatineau resident Mélanie Bergeron McAndrew, centre, is stuck in Greece after she was suddenly diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. (Submitted by Mike Leclair). Nearly two weeks after being diagnosed with a rare neurological disease, doctors and officials at the Canadian embassy in Greece

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"She was forbidden to go back on the cruise ship because it was not good for her health … She was taken to Rhodes because her lungs are affected and she can't fly," Leclair said.

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Lucie Bergeron said she is having a difficult time communicating with the medical team in Greece that is looking after her daughter.© Radio-Canada Lucie Bergeron said she is having a difficult time communicating with the medical team in Greece that is looking after her daughter.

Her mother flew to Athens on Sunday to be at her daughter's bedside, according to Bergeron McAndrew's friend Grace Sills.

Not only does her mother, Lucie Bergeron, have trouble communicating with her daughter, but also with the medical staff who are taking care of her.

Sills said her condition in hospital has not improved and she is in serious pain.

Campaign for Mélanie

Sills launched a GoFundMe campaign online to raise funds for Bergeron McAndrew's mother to be with her in Greece.

"It's hard not be there but I raise money. That's the best I can do. For sure, if the situation is getting worse I'm going to take the first flight and I'm going to be there," Sill said Sunday.

"I know Mélanie. She's a really strong woman."

As of Sunday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $12,000.

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