`Refrigerator' Perry hospitalized in Aiken

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009. (AP) -- Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William "The Refrigerator" Perry is in serious condition at a South Carolina hospital.

The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune report the 46-year-old Perry was hospitalized more than a week ago to deal with complications from Guillain-Barre (gee-LAN' bah-RAY') Syndrome, a chronic inflammation disorder of the peripheral nerves.

Aiken Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Melissa Summer declined to give additional details Tuesday.

Symptoms include weakness or tingling in the legs, which may spread to the arms and upper body.

A woman who answered the phone of Perry's nephew, Purnell Perry, says Perry is doing "fine," and "much better." She declined to give her name.

The Chicago Bears did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

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