Wellness for every body
Wellness for every body

Medical Advisory Board appointment - Te Whatarangi Dixon

 

Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rapidly evolving disease characterised by muscle weakness, ranging from mild to severe and occasionally leading to complete paralysis. GBS is a treatable disease, and the outcome is usually good even for those with severe weakness with about 70 percent of clients recovering full strength.

Diagnosed with the disease in 2014, and then in a very rare occurrence, again in 2019, Te Whatarangi was inspired to become a physio following his own treatment journey with GBS.

Hailing from Te Teko, a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty and growing up in Tauranga, Te Whatarangi (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Kaokaoroa-o-Pātetere) has made a huge impact on those receiving treatment from him and those who look to him for inspiration following a GBS diagnosis.

“Always the optimist, my recoveries led me on a journey of self-discovery where I am now proud to call myself a physiotherapist. My journey has been challenging yet unique, and I wish to share my story with the world in the hope others feel inspired to shine their own light.”

The GBS Medical Advisory Board provides advice and support for people and their families who suffer from the disease as well as undertaking research of the autoimmune disease.

Te Whatarangi’s appointment to the Board will see his personal insights and cultural background help get more Māori involved with research into GBS.

 

For more information on GBS and the Advisory Board, click here.