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Central Oregon man recovering from plague: 'I'm grateful to be alive'

BEND, Ore. — A 59-year-old man from Prinevile, Oregon is out of intensive care after being hospitalized with the plague a month ago.

Paul Gaylord still faces surgery next week to sever the withered, blackened ends of his fingers and tips of his toes — a consequence of the plague. He'll have to learn how to walk again and how to use his hands.

Still, in a telephone interview from his Bend hospital bed, he told The Oregonian says he does feel lucky.

His mother Almeda Gaylord says doctors told family members he likely wouldn't survive so they are overjoyed. He has been suffering from a blood-borne version of the disease.

Gaylord developed plague symptoms after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat.

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Information from: The Oregonian

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