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West Nile Virus survivor shares her story

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A West Monroe woman who's battling the West Nile Virus one step, one word and one bit at a time.

Retta Roberts is taking it step by step on her road to recovery, she was diagnosed four months ago.

Roberts' daughter Rachel Tullos says, "about half a week she was vomiting and having diarrhea, her temp was extremely high still in the 104s and 105."

Then she went into a coma for two weeks.

After numerous tests doctors finally learned she had the most serious form of West Nile.

They told the family to prepare for the worst.

Tullos says, "we came in on a Sunday morning at the visiting and she was still in a coma, we went back in at the 12:30 visiting hours and she was just awake looking around."

Roberts says, "I don't remember any of that I remember after I woke up and they told me they thought that I had west Nile."

She says after she woke up and they told her she had West Nile Virus, she still couldn't believe it.

Roberts says, "it was scary for me to not be able to do everything that I wanted to I couldn't talk or walk or do anything."

Roberts' and her family know recovery will take time.

Roberts' daughter, Brandy West says, "it's just hard to walk your mind around the fact that she is need the shape she is in from one mosquito bite, she has had to re-learn how to walk, how to talk, how to feed herself."

She says it's a struggle to learn everything again, but she is not giving up.

Doctors say it could take several years for Roberts to fully recover.

West Nile Cases reported this past week are in Winn, Catahoula and Ouachita parishes.

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