YUKON, Okla. — A man is fighting for his life after the Center for Disease Control confirmed he has the West Nile Virus, according to family members.
"Remembering the good times, hoping that he comes back," Kristen Korstjens told News 4, right now, that's all her family can do. "He was in kidney failure. He's been on the transplant list for about a year now. My brother actually was probably going to be a live donor."
However, that's not why her father, Charles, is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Integris.
"We went to the fair on Sunday. He was fine. Monday, we went to dialysis, and the nurse said, hey, you know, he's got a temperature. You need to watch him. If it gets any higher than 100, you need to go to the hospital," Korstjens said.
By Tuesday of that week, his temperature was 107 degrees.
"My mom and I went to talk to him, and he couldn't talk. He had been saying give me two Tylenol, and I'll be fine," Korstjens said.
Korstjens said, by Thursday, he was admitted to the ICU.
"He didn't know who we were, where we are or what his name was," she said.
The CDC later confirmed to family members he has West Nile. They're almost certain he contracted the disease in Yukon.
"They took him off the sedatives about two weeks ago, and he still hasn't woke up. He's pretty much fighting for his life," Korstjens said.
Family and friends have created a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs.