LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville woman who nearly died from the West Nile Virus has been going through a recovery so difficult she questioned whether she was lucky to be alive.
But on Thanksgiving Day we caught up with Debbie Vaughn and her family as they all gave thanks for a second chance at life.
Six months ago, Debbie was diagnosed with West Nile.
She spent four months in the hospital and though she'd survived the disease, she couldn't walk and could barely lift her hands.
But she proved just how strong she is by taking a few steps on her own, and raising her arms on Thursday.
“I'm grateful for living, I might not be the way I was I might not can cook but I thank god that I have a home, light's everything that I can wish that I have,” Debbie Vaughn said.
“I thank God she's still alive, I thank God my kids are here to be with us,” Bruce Vaughn, Debbie’s husband, said.
Bruce has been by Debbie's side every step of the way so much so that until recently he wasn't working and the family couldn't afford electricity. The Vaughn’s also couldn't afford rehab so Debbie is recovering at home.