Teen’s amazing recovery as rare disorder left her paralysed and fighting for life


United Kingdom
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 07:50

Rachel Attridge

Student of the year: Rachel Attridge, 17, thought she would die from a rare condition.

A PROMISING young student was left fighting for her life after she was struck down by a rare immune disorder.

Rachel Attridge, 17, thought she would die after she ended up on life support, unable to speak or swallow food.

Now, the brave youngster has been named Student Of The Year at East Riding College after fighting back from life-threatening illness.

Rachel, who shed three-and-a-half stone and was paralysed in intensive care, said: “At my lowest point, I said, ‘Switch the machine off.’

“I just thought, ‘This is it, I am not going to get any better’.

“When I was on life support, I knew everything that was happening around me but I couldn’t move or shout, I couldn’t even speak.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.