West Nile Survivor "Blessed to be Here"

December 6, 2012

Clark Curry, 65, pictured during inpatient

rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

EDMOND, Okla. - This Christmas, an Edmond family has another blessing to count. After a life-threatening battle with West Nile virus, Clark Curry, 65, is learning to walk again.

After contracting West Nile during the summer of 2012 - its biggest outbreak in Oklahoma history - Curry was wheelchair bound with limited mobility in his right arm. Since August, Curry's been on an intense schedule of physical and occupational therapy. But, his hard work is paying off. One recent afternoon while watching football in his living room, Curry decided it was time to stand up.

"Well, I was just sitting here and thought I'd give it a try," said Curry. "I held on to my walker and pulled myself up and thought that was pretty good. I probably overdid it, but it felt so good to stand that I went ahead and stood up and sat down five or six times right then."

Since then, Curry's rebuilding muscles and learning to walk. He can walk with a walker for several paces now.

It's been quite a journey for Curry and his wife, Janis, who have been married 44 years. From having wheelchair ramps and supports constructed in their home, to helping him stand and now walk with a walker, Janis has literally been there every step of the way.

"My wife's and kids' support has meant everything to me," said Curry. "Faith, family, hard work and friends have gotten us through this."

Janis agrees.

"We're always thankful for everything we get," she said. "But now we're extra thankful to God."

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