Arizona man paralyzed after getting West Nile virus from bug bite – New York Daily News

An Arizona father is partially paralyzed after contracting West Nile virus from a mosquito bite.

“It was extremely terrifying — and it still is,” Nick Cornelius told the Daily News.

Problems started after the Phoenix man got a mosquito bite one day when he was tinkering with a project in his garage.

“It was not an average mosquito bite. It pinched and it hurt,” the 32-year-old said. But he didn’t really think anything of it.

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A few days later he got sick. At first, it seemed like it was just the flu — so he went to urgent care.

Doctors there told him it was probably a sinus infection and sent him home with some meds.

Nick Cornelius got West Nile virus after a mosquito bit him in his garage.

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“I thought it would be gone in a couple days,” he said.

But when he woke up the next morning, his legs didn’t work. He was vomiting and spiked a 103-degree fever. His wife had to carry him to the car so they could go to the hospital.

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Doctors did some tests and found that he was having a rare reaction to West Nile.

At least 70% of people infected with the virus have no symptoms, while around 20% have nothing more serious than fever and vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Less than 1% develop severe symptoms, like the paralysis that struck Cornelius. There is no cure for the virus.

Cornelius said that his medical problems stemming from West Nile virus have been “the most excruciating pain ever.”

Cornelius said that his medical problems stemming from West Nile virus have been “the most excruciating pain ever.”

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Now, a month after the initial bite, he’s home from the hospital and on the mend. He’s already regained motion in his right leg and he can wiggle his toes on his left foot. 

“They said that they can’t guarantee anything, but the best chance he has of walking again is with inpatient therapy — which we can’t afford,” his wife Tiana Spitali told the News. 

The family launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for his overwhelming medical bills. So far, it has raised close to $4,000.

With Cornelius unable to walk, the family has been forced to hire a nanny to care for their 5-month-old and the 3-year-old Spitali has from a previous relationship. 

“It’s put a huge burden on our family,” Cornelius said.

“It’s heartbreaking. Something like this can just end everything.” 

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