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University student became paralysed by illness - Now seeking help to walk again

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Sophraya Price’s life has devolved into a waking nightmare.

Two years ago, Price was your typical active university student playing sports like netball, posting selfies online and getting up to regular college girl shenanigans like shopping with her girlfriends.


Now she is in a fight to save her life, having been confined to a wheelchair. Her bones are fragile and brittle, she is prone to seizures, and she is in constant agony as her body has turned traitor, betraying her at every corner.

And she needs your help. The family and friends of Sophraya Price are appealing to the public to contribute to the young lady’s Gofundme page for which the link is:

https://www.gofundme.co m/sophraya-medical-fund?fbclid =IwAR3b9ET7MJnb6BUCitEJJ87RKYu Bt52-RQtUplX8GZZE3jL8z1pzwu3IJ zo

“My life is a nightmare. I'm afraid to go out now because I'm prone to getting a fractured bone easily, and we Jamaicans have the tendency when greeting someone, to hit them,” she told Loop News reporter, Claude Mills.

“I had been getting treatment in Cuba. It’s been a year now since I last went to Cuba. I was supposed to go back in January, but because of insufficient funds and being back and forth in the hospital, we could not go back for my treatment, which is supposed to be once every three months, and my conditions (ailments) have been progressing really fast and I've developed other illnesses,” she said.

The treatment is a five-day course which costs US$5,000.

“However, with all these other conditions, we are not sure what other treatments and procedures will be needed when we go back to Cuba,” Price said.

On September 20, 2016, the young and vibrant university student went for a netball drill. She was fresh out of community college with an associate degree in social work, and had started university three weeks before, with her eyes set on her goal to do clinical work. While going through her routine, her legs suddenly went rubbery and weak, and she collapsed. She was taken to hospital, where within a week she became paralysed, with multiple seizures.

At first it was thought that she had a spinal injury. But the truth was much worse. She has a veritable laundry list of symptoms and conditions brought on by a rare neurological and autoimmune disorder. She has been diagnosed with six different types of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures - osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteoarthritis, Raynaud's syndrome, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease and query paraneoplastic syndrome. Confined to a wheelchair and with regular trips to the emergency room, Price needs continuous treatment and medical assessment.

“Battling with these conditions, it's really not easy. I mostly stay in bed because of severe pain. I cannot be in crowded places, I'm afraid that someone might bounce on me and cause more pain. There is so much going on with my body, it's really hard to explain. Each time I go to the doctor, there is a new diagnosis,” Price said.

She would give anything to walk again.

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