Fundraiser planned for Richmond grandmother with rare condition

Carol with granddaughter Darcy.

A fundraising event will take place next month for a Richmond woman who was left paralysed by a rare condition.

Within 48 of starting to feel unwell, Carol Ryan, 53, had to be placed in an induced coma.

After undergoing numerous tests, it was discovered that Carol, who has three children and nine grandchildren and was planning her wedding to fiancee Daragh at the time of the diagnosis, had Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The rare autoimmune disorder causes the sufferer’s immune system to attacks healthy nerve cells.

When Carol woke from her coma she could only move her eyes and communicated with different expressions of her eyes until James Cook provided a Stargazer machine which allowed her to communicate better.

Carol was on a medical ventilator for over 13 months and still needs assistance to breathe overnight.

Carol had to began the slow process of learning to talk again and is still paralysed from the waist down.

She has slight movement in her arms and requires intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

She now needs numerous adaptations to her home.

A fundraiser is being planned at the Farmers Arms, in Scorton, on November 23 at 7pm, when there will be live music and food.

The event is being organised by Richard Jenkins.

He said: “We would greatly appreciate any donation, or raffle or auction prize to help get Carol home and
raise awareness of this unheard of illness and help others suffering from this syndrome.”

If you’d like to make a donation or would just like to know more contact The Farmers Arms
on 01748 812533 or Richard Jenkins on 07702 737178.

Alternatively, email