Huntington woman continues struggle with West Nile Virus

Huntington woman continues struggle with West Nile Virus
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington woman who contracted the first case of West Nile Virus in East Texas condition has gotten better. Since last year, Diane Jones has been in and out of hospitals and now she's living in a nursing home.

"It's been a nightmare," said David Jones, the victim's husband.

Many of us have fallen victim to those pesky mosquitoes, but we probably never imagined coming in contact with the West Nile Virus.

In September of 2015, Diane Jones came face to face with just that. A virus that has no cure.

"It was hard to believe that a little bitty bug like that can do what it did to my wife," David said.

Diane spent three weeks in a coma, and once she woke up, she wasn't able to eat, drink, and lost nearly all function of her motor skills.

For this family, things have gotten a lot worse before they could get better.

"For the longest, the doctors didn't know if she was even going to come back out of it," David said. "She's came a long way so far. She can walk with her walker, but she gets real weak."

Although Diane's condition has gotten better, David said now they're faced with an overwhelming amount of bills.

"There is a bunch," David said. "I don't know how we're ever going to be able to pay this, because I make less than $1,000 a month."

David said he's on disability and funds are limited. However, he said the power of prayer is real.

"We both pray a lot. She's on multiple prayer lists," David said. "All I can do is pray to God that she gets better, and is able to walk."

"I feel slowly but surely better," Diane said.

Despite doctor bills adding up, David said you can't put a price tag on his wife's life.

"I'm just so thankful that she made it, that she pulled through," David said. "She's a strong lady. All I can do is try, and hopefully the people can be understanding. They deserve to be paid, they all went the extra mile. Right now I don't know how in the world I'm ever going to get them paid."

David said he can't imagine life without her.

"She's my lifeline, she's the one that takes care of me," David said.

Diane still has West Nile Virus and is currently living at a nursing home in Crockett. David said he's looking forward to the day she can finally come home.

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