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A woman suffering from convulsions, hallucinations and paranoia for more than two months finally found relief after doctors discovered enormous growth on her ovary, which caused a rare autoimmune disease in her brain. Lorina Gutierrez, from New Mexico, was even admitted to a psychiatric ward after she became delusional and became violent, according to SWNS.
"I was so scared, it was like being possessed," said Stephen Gutierrez, Lorina's husband, at the agency. "The night after returning home from the ER, we were up all night, could not sleep and was just talking nonsense, and kept saying," We have to get out of here, we have to leave. "He got up and tried to leave the house. . "
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Stephen Gutierrez said doctors asked if his wife had drunk or used drugs and suggested that Lorina might have a nervous breakdown or depression.
"During his psychiatric consultation, he hit me and we had to restrain him, he was so out of character," he told SWNS. "It was then that she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital, and at some point I threw her some holy water, and then my family told me they would not be surprised if her head had started to turn around after I did it. "
Eventually, he lost the ability to speak, walk or eat independently and did not respond to treatment. The 39-year-old was transferred to the Presbyterian hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with an autoimmune limbic encephalitis of the anti-NMDA receptor, an autoimmune disease that caused her brain to swell.
According to the Encephalitis Society, the symptoms of Gutierrez were on a par with his diagnosis. The disorder usually affects more often in women than men and, once diagnosed, doctors seek an underlying tumor as the main cause.
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He had developed the disease as a response to a 6-inch 6-inch tumor that had developed on one of his ovaries. According to SWNS, he underwent heavy steroid treatment and plasmapheresis in an attempt to free his body from the antibodies that had attacked both the tumor and his brain.
"Over the course of three months I have undergone language therapy, both physical and occupational, but I do not remember much about it," he told SWNS. "It's a blur, I'm in remission right now but I could fall in. It's not curable, it's just treatable."
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The mother of three said that her faith helped her to remain positive despite her terrible ordeal and that she hopes that by sharing her story others will be more informed about the disease.