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Durant officer fights back from debilitating disorder

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Durant police Officer Wesley Crank was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. (KTEN) Durant police Officer Wesley Crank was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. (KTEN)
Before his illness, Wesley Crank was also an amateur  MMA fighter. (Courtesy) Before his illness, Wesley Crank was also an amateur MMA fighter. (Courtesy)
Since being stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Wesley Crank has undergone intensive rehabilitation. (Courtesy) Since being stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Wesley Crank has undergone intensive rehabilitation. (Courtesy)
Durant police Officer Wesley Crank is ready to return to work for light duty. (KTEN) Durant police Officer Wesley Crank is ready to return to work for light duty. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Imagine what it would be like going from being healthy and active to becoming paralyzed in a matter of hours.

That nightmare became a reality for Durant police officer and amateur MMA fighter Wesley Crank.

"At that point, the only thing that was working was my heart and my lungs, essentially," he said.

Crank's medical battle became a fight for survival.

"I noticed that one of my eyes wouldn't close, and then about 15 to 20 minutes later the whole left side of my body was paralyzed... and then the other," he recalled.

Crank was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the nervous system.

"There are no risk factors for this disease," Dr. Andy Morales, the neurologist who diagnosed Crank's illness. "It can hit anyone at a moment's notice."

Treatment is available for GBS patients, but there is currently no cure.

"With everything that I had in the past, you get what you put out;  the more work you put in, the better the results," Crank said. "In this situation, it's not like that."

"To see a strong individual like Wesley go down as rapidly as he did, it's scary," Durant police Chief David Houser said.

But Wesley Crank is getting back up. After weeks of treatment and therapy, he is able to walk and talk.

"Personally, I think the power of prayer is invaluable when it comes to healing of the body," he said. "I couldn't be here today without all the prayers and all the support."

"The guy is a warrior," Chief Houser said.  "Just to see him recover day by day, he's been an inspiration to me."

And this fighter is pushing forward with no plans to give up.

"I'm not done getting better yet," Crank pledged.

He plans to be back to light duty work on Monday. The department will hold a fundraiser on July 22 to help pay Crank's medical expenses. A GoFundMe campaign is also raising money for Officer Crank.

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