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ETX boy battling West Nile meningitis is finally home

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We first told you about 12-year-old Wade Gamblin back in November. Wade is from Lindale and was diagnosed with West Nile meningitis, a form of West Nile virus.

Wade spent the last five months in Dallas hospitals and is finally home with his family. Wade can't talk yet so it's hard to know what he's thinking, but his smile lets you know he is listening.

"You know the last five days, being he's been so sick, he hadn't communicated so much, but before then he was pretty happy go lucky," says Henry Gamblin, Wade's father.

Wade has had several bouts of pneumonia during his battle with West Nile. On Thursday night, Wade's family was trying to decide whether he may have pneumonia again.

Wade's parents say it took weeks for doctors to diagnose him with West Nile.

"He got sick and it was kind of like the flu," says Alice Gamblin, Wade's mother.

"He kept saying he couldn't feel his legs. We thought he was putting us on," Henry Gamblin says.

"We couldn't believe it, who'd think a mosquito could hurt you that bad?" Alice Gamblin adds.

The virus was so bad it put Wade in a coma and paralyzed him from the neck down.

"A lot of doctors felt like he wouldn't know anybody or know anything but Wade knows everything," Alice Gamblin says.

Cheyenne Gamblin, Wade's sister, is glad to have him home, "We like to tease each other and Wade likes to blame stuff on me."

But things are different now, "It's like I'm the big sister and now he's the little brother."

Wade takes 29 different medications. His family doesn't have a handicap accessible van so the only way to move Wade is by ambulance.

"Anybody mentions an ambulance and it scares him and upsets him, he doesn't want to go," says Alice Gamblin.

Wade can move parts of his left hand, shrug his shoulders, and move his head. His family hopes that's just the beginning.

"There's no doubt in my mind he's going to be walking and talking and I still believe he'll make it by Christmas. If he doesn't, we're going to keep on getting on," Henry Gamblin says.

The family says the community's prayers and support are overwhelming.

"People have just been great and I want to thank each and every one of them who's been a part of Wade's life and ours," says Alice Gamblin.

Wade still has a long recovery ahead of him but the Gamblin's aren't giving up and say they will take each day one at a time.

Wade's family says they can't thank the East Texas community enough for everything they've done for them.

A donation account is set up at First Convenience Bank in Lindale to help the Gamblin family cover Wade's medical costs.

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