Before you watch Johnny’s interview with Gabe, here’s what you should know about him:
Gabe Trujillo was always an athlete. He had asthma, but he could control it, and life went on.
But one day, when he was 14, he was struck with what seemed to be a severe cold. Exacerbated by his asthma, the cold got worse, and his parents eventually took him to the hospital. Skip forward… and Gabe was surprised to find himself waking from a coma, with a collapsed lung, on a ventilator, unable to move his arms and legs.
The doctors were baffled. Gabe was told that his paralysis would probably clear up and go away. Doctors theorized one condition, then another. He hung in, waiting for his movement to return. It never did. Today, the best guess is that Gabe has Hopkins Syndrome, an asthma-related condition that can cause paralysis… but he’s the only known case in which the condition affected all four limbs, and the progression of the condition — those annoying “whys” — remain elusive.
None of this has stopped Gabe from embracing what the days give him. Taking on the persona of the “Disabled Devil on Wheels,” he plays power soccer (satiating that sports fix) and works as a marketing specialist for an educational technology company.
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