Christopher Cross update: Guillain-Barré Syndrome caused paralysis
Through posts on social media in recent weeks, Grammy-winning Austin singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has kept fans updated about his condition since he first revealed on April 3 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Two weeks later, he posted that complications from the coronavirus had led to “intense muscle weakness and a temporary paralysis of my legs.” On Thursday, he explained in a subsequent post that the symptoms were caused by an uncommon condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome, but added that he’s “slowly making progress” with physical therapy.
Here’s the full text of Cross’s latest post:
I want to clarify what my situation is, so there’s no confusion and also to shed light on a rare medical condition in hopes that others may benefit. I was not paralyzed by Covid; the virus induced a very rare syndrome called Guillain-Barré. Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the immune system attacks nerve cells in your peripheral nervous system. GBS resulted in a paralysis of my legs, part of my face, and a numbness in my fingertips. It has been a terribly difficult situation, but I’ve been fortunate to have excellent medical care and I’m slowly making progress. I’m working with a physical therapist to build strength in my muscles and eventually walk.
Being in a wheelchair has taught me a lot about patience and resilience, but especially to count my blessings. I’m grateful for all of you who have supported me with your well-wishes and prayers. Believe me, they’ve had a positive effect. Thank you, again, for being there.