Fit and healthy father-of-two is struck down by a rare disease just days out from starting a new job – leaving him unable to walk and with a paralysed face
- Sam Hambly was an athletic former football player with a wife and two children
- Now he has contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease
- He can’t walk, his face is paralysed, and his eyes are taped shut so he can sleep
A fit and healthy father-of-two has been left bed-bound and fighting for his life after becoming infected with a rare and deadly virus.
Sam Hambly, a keen athlete and football player from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was several days away from starting a new job when he collapsed at work two weeks ago
He was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease which affects one in 100,000 people.
Mr Hambly is now unable to walk, his face is paralysed and he must have his eyes taped shut so he can sleep.
Sam Hambly (pictured with his wife, Amy) was an athletic father-of-two and the former Kawana Dolphins premiership player who was several days away from starting a new job
Mr Hambly is now unable to walk, his face is paralysed and he must have his eyes taped shut so he can sleep
He was extremely popular with his Kawana Dolphin’s teammates and his family said he was a wonderful man.
Former Dolphins coach, Rob Brough, visited Hambly and said the virus has taken a major toll on the former football player.
‘Nothing in his brain is computing. When he sends a message it just filters out. He has one hell of a long road ahead of him,’ Mr Brough told the Sunshine Coast Daily.
‘Things have been thrown into turmoil. It’s going to be incredibly tough on the family.’
Mr Hambly’s wife, Amy and their young children, Dary and Leo (pictured), constantly keep him company.
Mr Hambly’s wife, Amy and their young children, Dary and Leo, constantly keep him company.
The Help Out The Hambly’s GoFundMe Page has been set up by a family friend and asks for donations to assist with Mr Hambly’s medical costs.
The GoFundMe page has currently raised $2,735 even though the family initially declined any help.
‘There is no amount that is too little and honestly, any amount you give they will think is too much as they don’t want anyone to feel they need to help them,’ the GoFundMe page states.
‘But if you know them like I know them then I know you’ll want to give a little to make it easier for them.’