Local West Nile Virus Survivor Speaks Out

Local West Nile Virus Survivor Speaks Out
    SERVICES AND LOOK NOTHING A
    STATE OWNED PUBLIC BANK BUT THAT
    WON'T BE IN TIME FOR THE NEW
    LAW.
    ELSA: ONE DAY HE WAS DANCING
    WITH HIS DAUGHTER, THE NEXT A
    BEVERLY HILLS PHILANTHROPIST ON
    THE FLOOR DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE
    WAS.
    I FELT LIKE THE ANGELS OF
    DEATH CAME TO TAKE ME ON THAT
    FLIGHT.
    .
    REPORTER: MARVIN MARKOWITZ IS
    REFLECTING BACK ON A MEDICAL
    NIGHTMARE.

    LOSING IT.
    THIS WAS MARVIN A FEW YEARS
    AGO.
    THE LIFE HE KNEW TOOK A TURN
    AUGUST 12, 2013.
    HIS ORDEAL STARTED IN THE MIDDLE
    OF THE NIGHT.
    HE WOKE UP THEN COLLAPSED.
    I COULDN'T MOVE AT ALL.
    HE WAS ADMITTED TO ICU AT
    CEDARS-SINAI.
    FIRST I WAS TREATED FOR A
    STROKE.
    AND I WAS TREATED FOR HEART
    ATTACK.
    AS THE DAYS WENT BY HIS
    CONDITION GOT MORE DESPERATE.
    HE STARTED LOSING MOVEMENT IN
    HIS LEG.
    AMANDA IS ONE OF HIS THREE
    DAUGHTERS.
    WE WERE ALL HYSTERICAL SAYING
    IS HE GOING TO WALK AGAIN.
    OVER THE NEXT TEN DAYS HIS
    ABILITY TO WALK MATTERED LESS
    AND LESS.
    HE STARTED LOSING HIS MIND
    ESSENTIALLY.
    HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS
    ANYMORE.
    MARVIN WAS LOCKED INSIDE HIS
    OWN BODY UNABLE TO MOVE UNABLE
    TO SPEAK EVENTUALLY CDC DISEASE
    DETECTIVES DISCOVERED THE CAUSE.
    NEVER SAW MYSELF GET BITTEN.
    THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
    BLOOD TESTS REVEALED HE HAD WEST
    NILE VIRUS.
    A MOSQUITO I NEVER MET.
    MARVIN HAD TRAVELED, AN
    INFECTED MOSQUITO HAD COME TO
    HIM.
    IT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE
    SOMEWHERE AROUND MY HOME IN
    BEVERLY HILLS.
    MARVIN NOW HAS ARTIFICIAL
    TURF IN HIS BACKYARD.
    NO WATER.
    AND HE'S BACK TO WORK BUT HE
    WORKS FROM HOME NOW.
    IN BETWEEN SESSIONS WITH HIS
    PHYSICAL THERAPIST.
    EACH MUSCLE PARALYZED NEEDS TO
    REGAIN FUNCTION AND BUILD UP
    STRENGTH.
    AFTER THREE YEARS ON HIS BACK OR
    IN A CHAIR.
    IT'S GREAT.
    I FEEL LIKE NEVER GET TO LOOK
    AT YOU THIS ANGLE.
    MARVIN HOPES IT WON'T BE LONG
    BEFORE HE CAN RISE ON HIS OWN
    AND GIVE THIS MACHINE TO SOMEONE
    ELSE.
    MEANTIME.
    THIS IS MY NEW NORMAL TODAY
    BUT IT'S MUCH BETTER THAN A YEAR
    AGO.
    I'M GRATEFUL.
    IF IT HELPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
    FOR SOMEONE I'M GRATEFUL AND
    DON'T GIVE UP HOPE.
    ELSA: WHO WOULD HAVE
    THOUGHT?
    427 CALIFORNIAIANS HAVE BEEN
    DIAGNOSED WITH WEST NILE THIS
    YEAR.
    IN L.A. COUNTY 15 CASES LAST
    WEEK.
    TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY CLEAR
    STANDING WATER FROM YOUR HOME
    AND COVER UP OR USE MOSQUITO
    REPELLANT IF YOU'RE OUTDOORS AT
    DUSK OR DAWN WHEN MOSQUITOES ARE
    MOST ACTIVE.
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