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Minnesota high school football, basketball star in intensive care after quick onset of rare nerve disorder

Michael Coble starred for Byron High School and is headed to MSU-Mankato.

Michael Coble, a star football and basketball player for Byron High School in southeast Minnesota, was hospitalized Sunday and diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. 

Coble, who is committed to Minnesota State University to play football in Mankato this fall, was diagnosed with the rare nerve and muscle disorder after his mother took him to the emergency room after he developed numbness in his face, hands and feet. 

His condition worsened at the hospital as he grew weaker and began having trouble swallowing. Coble is now in intensive care at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester receiving breathing support, antibodies for his immune system and being fed through a tube.

"This is one chapter in Mike’s life," his story on CaringBridge says. "Everyone who knows Mike (aka Ice Mike) knows that he is a fierce competitor. And that he will do what he does best- WIN!!"

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre Syndrome causes the immune system to attack nerves in the body, spreading quickly and in some cases leading to paralysis. Most people recover from Guillain-Barre, although there can be some lingering effects. 

Coble led the Byron Bears to a winning season in football and helped the basketball team go 24-7. Minnesota State recruited him as a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety. 

Coble's family is reading him well wishes in the responses posted to the below Twitter posts by Byron football and basketball. 

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