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Letter: I thank God I’m still alive

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In October 2017, I had the West Nile virus (1 of 1,000 in the U.S. that year) which also developed into encephalitis (1 of 10 in the U.S.). I spent one week in a small Maryland hospital before being transferred to the George Washington University hospital in Washington, D.C. In two weeks they cured the viruses and I went to rehab for seven weeks. I came home in a wheelchair two days before Christmas.

After moving to Virginia in July 2018, I joined the Riverside Wellness Center in Gloucester and can now walk reasonably well. The encephalitis erased my memory of my times in the hospitals (actually, that’s a blessing). My wife and daughter said at times they thought I wouldn’t survive or would end up as a vegetable for the rest of my life. The only lasting effects are a weak left leg and poor balance.

I consider myself the answer to a lot of prayers and possibly one of God’s miracles.

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