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Teen West Nile Victim’s Mom Now Wants Aerial Spraying

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10 p west nile teen Teen West Nile Victims Mom Now Wants Aerial Spraying

Jordan Conner of Arlington is recovering from the West Nile virus. (CBS 11 News)

ARLINGTON (CBS 11 NEWS) – Last week, we reported on an Arlington mom whose teen suffers from the most debilitating form of West Nile virus — one which causes swelling of the brain, loss of use of limbs and comas.

In fact, Ebonie Conner had to help her daughter Jordan walk to get from her bedroom to the couch in the living room in their small condo. Last week, when we asked Ebonie if she was in favor of aerial spraying and she said no.

She said her daughter was just one of those rare cases and far more people with ailments like asthma could suffer from the aerial spraying.

Since then, Ebonie watched cities east of Arlington spray as she and her daughter have suffered.

“So she has West Nile Meningoencephalitis,” Ebonie Conner said of her daughter’s condition. “So any minute not knowing if your child is going to be paralyzed or go blind or die or go in a coma. It plays peek-a-boo with you. So, one moment you think, ‘Oh, Jordan’s fine.’ And the next moment is, ‘Oh! Do I need to take her to the emergency room?’ So, I changed my mind. Spray. Spray, use smoke bombs, do whatever you need to do.”

Part of her change of heart came as Conner watched doctors run tests on her daughter without knowing exactly how to help her.

“I noticed they know more about the pesticide than they do about West Nile,” Conner said. “So it’s almost like spraying is the lesser of two evils.”

Arlington is not spraying the wooded creek bed behind Conner’s condo. And now she worries it may be too late to convince some people spraying is necessary.

“Sometimes you hear somebody say, ‘Yeah, my buddy had West Nile and they were sick for two days’, Conner said. “That’s NOT what I’m talking about. This is not what they’re spraying about. This is not a cold. This is not a flu. This is not a stomach virus. This is something serious that could take your life or the life of your loved one.”

Conner, a single mother of two, has been unable to work since her daughter contracted the disease almost two months ago. Donations to the family can be made to the Conner Family Fund at any Chase Bank, or mail encouragement or donations to PO Box 6780, Fort Worth, TX 76115.

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