Lady Raider Nobles out indefinitely with rare immune disorder
Texas Tech junior forward Shauntal Nobles is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes numbness and weakness, the school announced Friday.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (pronounced Ghee-yan Bah-ray) is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Nobles will undergo aggressive treatments for the next few weeks, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to a news release.
The exact cause for the syndrome is not known, according to the institute, but is treatable. There is no known cure, and lasting effects vary per individual.
The most common cause is after someone has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection, the institute states.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with the disorder in 2011.
Nobles was expected to compete for the starting center position for the Lady Raiders. She averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. Forward Kelsi Baker is expected to move from forward to center, with newcomer Jackie Patterson sliding into Baker’s vacated spot.
Tech has an exhibition against Midwestern State on Sunday in United Spirit Arena before opening the season Nov. 11 against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.