Tag: Amobi Okoye

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, …

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Former Bear, Dallas Cowboy with autoimmune encephalitis attempts football comeback

Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper writes, Former Texans first-round pick Amobi Okoye made an appearance at this year’s draft to announce a Texans pick and then made an announcement of his own about his hopes of returning to the field after recovering from autoimmune encephalitis. Okoye, who also played for the Bears, spent three months in …

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“We are Survivors”

We are all survivors of autoimmune encephalitis.   Patients, families, friends, caretakers, doctors, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, we have all endured the worst this disease can throw at us.  And we are surviving. This weekend I had the chance to meet four amazing survivors.  Each has their own story to tell.  They shared the same stage: a six-year-old …

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