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Amobi Okoye, NFL Defensive Tackle, shares a remarkable story of surviving AE

“I am a walking miracle.” These are the words of Amobi Okoye, who shared intimate details of his battle with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown this week. Drafted by the Texans at only 19 years old, he played 6 seasons for Houston, then 2 for Chicago. He was the picture of health, a great athlete preparing for free agency when a series of seizures landed him in the hospital, eventually placed in a medically-induced coma by his doctors to save his life. He spent months in the ICU, “barely living” with family by his side. The story ends well with his fight to beat the disease and retrain his brain paralleling his amazing life story. To read Amobi’s inspiring story, see here, or to view the feature story on Monday Night Countdown, click here.

We wish Amobi continued good health and all the best! Thank you for sharing your journey on ESPN!


Post by Lynn Chapman