Boyfriend Captures Girlfriend’s Courageous Fight For Life in Raw Home Video

Moms are some of the absolute strongest, toughest and most inspirational people on earth, and Crystal Brown is one of them.

Crystal Brown

The 33-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with rare Guillain-Barre Syndrome—a life-threatening disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system.

It robbed her of her voice, and ability to walk and eat. She was put into an induced coma for seven days, before leaving many of her muscles unable to function.

In the 10 grueling months that followed, Crystal’s boyfriend, Joseph Papa, captured intense video footage of the incredible mama’s journey. Viewers witness everything from Crystal learning to walk and talk again, to everyday tasks like learning how to put milk back in the refrigerator.

In a video montage he shared on Facebook—that has since gone viral—Joseph celebrates the “highs” of Crystal’s journey to recovery, and looks back on the “lows”—the many needles, tests and even losing her five-year-old son in a custody battle while she was fighting for her life.

Joseph said he made the video as a way to thank and appreciate all of those who have helped Crystal and her family through the journey so far.

A close friend has launched a Go Fund Me, which has garnered more than $10,000 in the past week.

Grab your Kleenex, and help spread awareness about GBS and this #StrongMom.


I would like to thank everyone for their support, time and effort to help along the way through Crystal Brown recovery from GBS Guillain Barre Syndrome!!!
This had consumed our lives for 10 months.
“This has been our journey so far”
Your generosity would mean the world-

Thank you:
Gracie O’Sullivan
Jade Sheard
Nicole Brown
Ayla McMullan
Tracey Glassford
Stacy Brown
Ben Brown
Steve Brown
Sandy Brown
Kaeo Matiu Rangi
Jordz Lesā
Tara Jiggins
Shelagh Capper
Sue Riddle O’Toole
Frances Manutai
Umaki Manutai
Rhys Manutai
Jade Manutai
Tayvian Emanuel
Gemma Aguis
Tsambica Fronis Manettas
Kylie Duff
Shaylea Farrell

Posted by Joseph Papa on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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