Waukesha Bartender With Rare Nervous Disease Needs Help
WAUKESHA, WI— You’ve probably come across Bahman “Ali” Khanmohammadi if you’ve been to the Waukesha scene for the past four years, especially the People’s Park gastro pub.
Khanmohammadi, 41, was a waiter there before becoming a bartender. “In my job, I try to identify with people,” he told Patch. “I don’t just walk up to someone and take their order.”
The popular bartender has been described as active, adventurous and generous. Now, the Milwaukee man needs the public’s generosity to fight Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system.
Khanmohammadi’s daughter, Jaclyn Khanmohammadi, created a GoFundMe to help the unemployed bartender with medical and other expenses. As of Monday afternoon, he had raised over $ 22,000.
Ali Khanmohammadi returned from jiujitsu class in April feeling stiff and in great pain. Within an hour, he realized something was wrong and headed to the hospital, according to the GoFundMe page.
Doctors said Khanmohammadi had a pinched nerve and would heal within days on steroids. But at the end of his visit, he started to lose mobility and sensation in his right leg.
Khanmohammadi suffered sudden and almost complete paralysis overnight. He woke up in the middle of the night and found not only that he was unable to move his right leg, but that he also could not move his left leg and left arm, that he was only able to lift his right arm slightly, and he couldn’t move his hands or fingertips, the GoFundMe page reported.
Doctors diagnosed Khanmohammadi with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Khanmohammadi said he cannot receive any vaccines – including the COVID-19 vaccine – because they have the effect of lowering the immune system at first. “I can’t make myself sensitive to anything,” he said.
Khanmohammadi receives multiple plasma transfusions over the two weeks in hospital and will then be hospitalized and outpatient for several weeks.
Some people with Guillain-Barré syndrome recover quickly after treatment, but others may take longer, he said. “The good news is that they [doctors] I’ve seen this before and people have recovered, “he said.” The bad news is they can’t park it. “
The outpouring of support is humbling and Khanmohammadi was taken aback by the anonymous donations, he said. “It makes me feel like good karma, if you believe in good karma,” he said.
As a young man, Khanmohammadi got into trouble, he admitted. As an adult, he became more grounded and is now active in the community.
Every December since 2014, with the exception of 2020, Khanmohammadi has hosted a “Hot Chocolate and Coffee for the Homeless” event. He and his friends and volunteers stood outside the Milwaukee Rescue Mission in freezing temperatures for hours to distribute food, hot drinks, hats, gloves, jackets and toiletries to those who needed it, the GoFundMe page said.
“I think the universe has a way around whether you’ve done it right or not,” Khanmohammadi said.
Khanmohammadi expressed his gratitude for his fiancee, Tiffany Habeth, and his daughter, Jaclyn Khanmohammadi.
Since his diagnosis, Khanmohammadi has been able to move his right hand, but not enough to grip anything. He can move his left arm a bit. He cannot move a foot and has tried to wiggle one toe without success, he said.
He needs help with most things, like sitting up or rolling onto his side. “I’m pretty much paralyzed and there is nothing I can do until my body starts to wake up,” he said.
Unfortunately, Khanmohammadi won’t be able to work as a bartender anytime soon.
“We would really appreciate any donation we can to help put this much loved man back on his feet,” GoFundMe said. “We understand times are tough right now so if you are unable to donate we would greatly appreciate to like and share this link on all platforms! (Postcards are appreciated too! DM for addy) Thank you very much for your time, love everyone and be well. “
A fundraiser for Khanmohammadi is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6 at The destination, 218 E. Main St.
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