20-year-old Oklahoma man recovering after having a stroke, complications from West Nile virus

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OKLAHOMA - A metro dad and youth pastor is making a miraculous recovery after being faced with a life-altering emergency.

He suffered a mini stroke at just 20 years old, losing feeling in parts of his body.

Doctors said it was caused by the West Nile virus.

Medical doctors prepared for the worst, but the young man is beating all odds.

"It was panic. It was fear. I was scared. My first thought was what if I can never move again?" said Jalen Adams.

Slowly but surely, Jalen is regaining his strength, undergoing physical therapy at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center.

"Now having to relearn to use those muscles to lift this arm up by itself and pick that cup up and put it right here," he said.

It was on October 5 when Jalen was awakened to some excruciating pain in his back and neck.

He couldn't shake it, and it got worse - he started losing feeling in his hands and his arms.

He was having a mini stroke, complications doctors later found out was from the West Nile virus.

"I lost complete feeling in my legs, couldn't move a muscle, pretty much just lying there thinking what is happening right now? It was the craziest thing ever," Jalen said.

Doctors considered putting Jalen in a medically-induced coma.

"I have two kids. I might not be able to play catch with my son again. I might not be able to dance with my daughter one day," Jalen said.

Jalen is a youth pastor at Life Church in Mustang.

He said he immediately started praying.

"I just really got this overwhelming peace of mind knowing that God's in control and just do my part, believe in him and trust in him that he's got this. The moment I did that, it took all the fear away from me," Jalen said.

A feeling of faith that saved his life, reuniting him back with his family.

"Just cover your family in prayer, and make sure you are centered in the Lord, and prepare for your new normal, and stay aware of things that could change and pray for the better," said Kortni Adams.

Doctors said most people who contract West Nile virus don’t have symptoms.

Jalen was one of the 20 percent of patients who react, in his case, an extreme way.

He is faced with out-patient therapy, probably for months.

The family has a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.

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