The Anaheim Ducks announced tonight some scary news surrounding Patrick Eaves. Eaves is currently in a hospital in Newport Beach, diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain-Barre syndrome. According to the Ducks press release, Eaves is expected to make a full recovery. From Eaves himself:
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.
GBS, as the syndrome is sometimes called, is a disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system and can cause weakness, numbness in the limbs, and eventually paralysis. The disorder was caught early enough that they were able to stabilize his condition and move him out of the Intensive Care Unit. There is no timetable for his return to the team.
The 33-year old Eaves signed a new three-year contract with the Ducks in June after fitting in perfectly with them down the stretch. The team had traded for him at the deadline, and he scored 11 goals in his final 20 games to total 32 on the year—easily his career-high. He played in just two games this season, but will attempt to get back on the ice before the end of the year. Everyone here at PHR wishes him well in his recovery.