The Anaheim Ducks announced that Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with a condition known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. In simple terms, this is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system.
Eaves had felt weakness and visited a specialist which later had him being diagnosed with this disorder. He proceeded to spend last week in the ICU and was released recently.
In a statement, Patrick Eaves said, "I want to thank Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe for their early diagnosis of my condition, along with the proactive Ducks medical team. Thanks to them and the incredible nurses at Hoag Hospital, I'm on the road to recovery. I've received tremendous amount of support over the last few days, most importantly from my family, friends and teammates. I'm determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible."
General Manager Bob Murray also issued a statement saying, "Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick's general health and well-being. We are grateful his condition was diagnosed early by Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, and thank the staff at Hoag Hospital and our own medical personnel for their efforts. What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character, and that will serve him well in his recovery. Our thoughts are with Patrick and his family at this time."
Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, where the body's immune system attacks peripheral nervous system. #NHLDucks— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 23, 2017
Eaves is expected to make a full recovery. He had felt symptoms of weakness. The disorder is very serious if not caught early. His was.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 23, 2017
Recovery from this diagnosis can take up to weeks or months. No timetable for his return has been provided.