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A benefit supper for the Brian and Molly Maronde family is planned for Sunday, May 22, at the Rex Theatre in Orchard from 5-7 p.m.
The suggested donation is $8 per plate. Pulled pork plates will be served. Take-out orders will be available.
On Sunday, May 1, Brian went to Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh after suffering severe headaches. The condition of the Clearwater-Orchard science teacher and coach worsened quickly. His wife, Molly, who is a special education teacher at Clearwater-Orchard, took him once again to the clinic the next day.
Molly said that from the start, doctors suspected meningitis, which tests seemed to support. In need of specialized medical care, Brian was referred to Bryan Health in Lincoln. He was air-lifted on Tuesday, May 3.
Since then, the family has experienced a roller-coaster.
"It started off as acute viral meningitis, then he developed a post-infection virus," Molly said. “Then, he came down with Guillian-Barre."
Guillian-Barre Syndrome is a disease which causes the antibodies in your immune system to attack the nerves, causing temporary paralysis and weakness.
"It pretty much affected the lower part of his body," Molly said. "He couldn’t move his legs for a couple days."
But on Monday, May 16, things looked brighter.
"He’s really improved by leaps and bounds. Yesterday (Sunday, May 15), he could barely move his legs, but today he walked a little,” Molly said.