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Man paralyzed from neck down makes incredible recovery

"When began walking it felt like I was alive again, each week I would make progress."

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By Leo Black via SWNS

A man who was paralyzed from the neck down has made an incredible recovery and is back in the gym - just six months later.

Actor Cody Hively, 27, of Los Angeles, CA, was diagnosed with a severe form of the Guillain-Barre syndrome after becoming paralyzed in just a few weeks.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an immune disorder, which causes the immune system to attack the patient's nerves.

Cody spent three months in the hospital where he received intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), a treatment for patients with antibody deficiencies.

Now back in the gym, after having to learn how to walk again, just six months after becoming ill.

Cody began suffering from tingling and numbness in his feet in mid-January, 2022.

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Within a few weeks, the symptoms worsened. He was hospitalized on February 6 after he became completely numb up to the shoulders.

Two weeks later, Cody became completely paralyzed and had to be intubated because he was unable to breathe or swallow properly.

The symptoms were so severe that he was only able to nod his head slightly and nurses had to use an alphabet board to talk to him.

He was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and within a few weeks, his condition started to improve.

He said: "Every day the doctors said the same thing, this could stop tomorrow, or it could just keep getting worse."

Cody's treatment was successful and the attack on his nerves stopped.

He was moved to an in-patient rehabilitation clinic on March 17, where he began recovery.

There he underwent four hours of physical therapy a day and by early July, he was able to walk short distances with some help.

He said: "It was my discipline and determination to recover that helped me get back on my feet so quickly.

"I'm a person who enjoys being physical and active, so I'm used to working for things like this.

"It was really disturbing. I was a prisoner to my own body, minutes turned into days turned into weeks turned into months. My whole body felt like it was on fire.

"When began walking it felt like I was alive again, each week I would make progress even if it was a couple of extra steps."

In August 2022, Cody was back in the gym lifting weights and cycling.

"I never thought I was going to die, 1-20 people die from what I had, but I never lost hope," he added.

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