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Silver Lake teacher left disabled by West Nile returns to the classroom

Photo by CDC/ James Gathany

Photo by CDC/ James Gathany

SILVER LAKE The L.A. Times recounts how Missy Morris, a Los Feliz resident who teaches at Ivanhoe Elementary in Silver Lake, has struggled to recover after contracting West Nile virus from a mosquito last year. The 55-year-old remains partially paralyzed but resumed teaching this summer.

The Times explains how Morris was able to get back to school:

“Determined to return to the classroom, Morris reached out for support on Facebook. By the end of February, she was able to get to the bathroom by herself, no longer dependent on a bedpan. She cooked a meal almost without help, and she thought about suffering, even if it made her sad. A mosquito and a virus had sent her life into a tailspin, affecting her husband, her children, friends and a classroom of kindergartners. Would anything be the same?

During the summer, the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $7,000 building wheelchair ramps and modifying thresholds at Ivanhoe Elementary School. In August, Morris greeted 26 kindergartners from the perspective of her wheelchair. A new year had begun.”

Read the full story in the L.A. Times.

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One comment

  1. Wow ! What grit !!!
    Missy Morris is amazing
    Keep it going !

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