Discepolo, 44, was released yesterday to a regular hospital room and his prognosis for a full recovery is good, his wife of eight years Shay tells Gossip Extra.
Still, Discepolo experienced progressive paralysis of his limbs, and even fell while carrying the couple’s two-year-old child when his legs just stopped working!
“It was scary for a while because nobody seemed to be able to tell us what was going on,” the 41-year-old Shay Morgan-Discepolo told us in an exclusive interview.
Discepolo is expected to be released from the hospital later this week but will have to undergo what’s expected to be several weeks of physical therapy. He is likely to miss most newscasts in November, a key period in determining television ad rates.
Discepolo has not been on the air since October 15, and Liz Quirantes has been presenting some newscasts alone.
It’s yet another Gossip Exta exclusive obtained while CBS12 is covering National Chocolate Day. Why bother with West Palm Beach’s out-of-town corporate media when you can click here and subscribe to our alerts?
Discepolo is suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, where his immune system started attacking his nervous system. In the worst cases, patients die when their lungs stop working.
How the disease starts is unclear, but Discepolo’s missus says it could be when the anchorman caught a stomach bug from one of their two children.
Morgan-Discepolo, the mother of two young children, said her husband’s feet and hands started becoming numb as unexplained pain was shooting through his body.
It took nearly 10 days of MRIs, CAT scans, spinal taps and blood tests to reach the conclusion that Discepolo had developed Guillain-Barre.
“When the neurologist figured it out, they rushed John to the hospital in an ambulance immediately,” Morgan Discepolo said.
She declined to say where the TV personality is being treated.
Morgan-Discepolo says she became extremely concerned when she watched a doctor test her husband’s reflexes with the old “hammer-on-the-knee” trick and John’s legs remained absolutely still.
“And when he fell with my son,” she added. “Seeing your 6-foot-2 husband fall to the ground isn’t easy.”
For some reason, CBS12 has yet to tell its viewers why their main anchor vanished more than two weeks ago.