OKLAHOMA CITY – A man from Oklahoma is on the road to recovery after a mosquito bite paralyzed him.
"I have not even noticed a mosquito bite, it has left no traces," Joe Fenton told KFOR.
However, it was a mosquito bite that changed Fenton's life in just a few weeks.
"It all started with a step missed and then it went from there to pulling my foot and then it went to pulling my foot, more or less, my whole leg was paralyzed, my whole right leg," said Fenton.
It turns out that tiny The sting came from a mosquito with the West Nile virus and was so rare that Dr. Mark Winchester, Medical Director of Valir Pace, returned to the textbook The things that come with being completely in-patient and relying on others to perform only basic movements, "said Dr. Winchester
leaving Fenton's combination of brain and spine injuries He was hospitalized for nine months before he met the people of Valir Pace and learned about a unique charitable program that could provide him with the care and help he needed, for free.
"With Pace he gets transport, at five To come here for days a week. Every time he does not feel well, we let the doctor know and he gets a doctor's visit that day. He sees his nurse here five times a week to treat his wound, which was bone-deep and large. Now it's nearing completion. "Christina Tilford, physiotherapist at Valir Pace, said.
His physicians and physiotherapists said Fenton is making tremendous progress while working on his mobility.
" My mobility returns faster, my ability to get up and do my exercises "Fenton said. "I've noticed more and more every day that it really fits."
Fenton is determined to go back and goes to physiotherapy several times a day. It is this determination that doctors and physiotherapists think is fair. Maybe that's what gets him there.
"My biggest goal right now is not meeting until the next day, it's only one day at a time, that's all it is," Fenton said.
Valir Pace's medical staff said it will work with Fenton, no matter how long it takes to reach its goal of walking again.