Former House Speaker Allan Bense has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an extremely rare condition affecting the peripheral nervous system, according to a statement released Friday night by his family.
Bense’s wife, Tonie, said she was overwhelmed with the support Bense has received since he was admitted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville on Monday.
“We are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we’ve received over the last few days,” Tonie Bense said in a statement. “The prayers are working, and the flood of encouraging messages has lifted Allan’s spirit and mine.
“Allan continues to improve each day and with every passing hour, and his doctors expect a full recovery. We know the road ahead will not be without its challenges, but with the support and prayers of family and friends, and the excellent medical care he is receiving, we are confident Allan will soon be back to work and back to enjoying time with our grandchildren.”