The girl from Nottingham thought it was due to excessive booze and poor footwear. Only three days later did it become clear that it was a neurological disorder which brought her on a ventilator. After her miraculous recovery, Rachael decided to become a physiotherapist herself.
Rachael Bailey was a student of criminology and psychology in October of 2014 and did not have any idea that what she took as a 'bad hangover' was the start of a rare neurological disorder.
The 25-year-old's whole life changed after the unusual revelation and Rachael now works as a physiotherapist. She was inspired to become one by her 'heroes' who helped her recover from being paralyzed from the head down.
Rachael was only 19 years old when she felt a tingling sensation in her legs. The girl from Nottingham thought it was due to a combination of excessive booze and poor footwear. Only three days later did it become clear that it was a neurological disorder which brought her on a ventilator. Rachael's freshman year became a nightmare within a month as she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a rare neurological disorder that causes the immune system to attack parts of the nervous system, leaving sufferers paralyzed with pain in their limbs. Rachael was paralyzed from her head down and could only communicate with her doctors by looking at letters on a board.
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/9DlTcaoKUN— Rachael Bailey (@physiorachajb) October 18, 2020
The brave girl, however, left the hospital on her feet after spending almost two months in critical care and 76 days in rehabilitation. According to her doctors, the recovery was no less than a miracle, and Rachael was so inspired by her hero doctorswho helped her during the testing times that she decided to become one of them.
It was after her recovery that Rachael switched to physiotherapy and pursued a medicine degree at the University of Nottingham. What's amazing is that the inspiring woman has graduated with a first class degree this summer, having been tutored by one of the physios who once cared for her.
"I wasn't expecting this kind of response at all. It's really weird thinking about how many people have now seen my face because of a tweet! For me, having GBS was the best worst thing to ever happen. I'm so grateful for the experience I had and so much positive has come from it," Rachael said while sharing her experience.
"I absolutely adore working as a physio at Harefield Hospital. Every day is different and my team is really supportive and hilarious. I feel very lucky this is my first job," she added.