Man Whose Wife Died of Meningitis Now Has It, Too

Michigan couple each got steroid injection

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 24, 2012 5:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Cary lost his wife to the outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 24 people so far, and now he has to deal with the disease himself. The 65-year-old Michigan resident tells the AP that he is hospitalized and undergoing treatment. Both he and his wife, Lilian, got shots for back and neck pain at a clinic that used contaminated drugs from a New England pharmacy. Lilian died late last month, and George developed symptoms last weekend.

"I am feeling much better," he says. "The doctors will monitor liver and kidney function and how well I respond to the side effects."

In this Oct. 9 photo, George Cary speaks at his home in Howell, Mich., with his daughters Heather Andrus, 33, center, and Jill Bloser, 43.
In this Oct. 9 photo, George Cary speaks at his home in Howell, Mich., with his daughters Heather Andrus, 33, center, and Jill Bloser, 43.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
George Cary speaks at his home in Howell, Mich., earlier this month.
George Cary speaks at his home in Howell, Mich., earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
This undated family photo provided by George Cary shows Lilian Cary.
This undated family photo provided by George Cary shows Lilian Cary.   (AP Photo/Family Photo, George Cary)
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