SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Scott County coach sat down with LEX 18 to talk about being diagnosed with the West Nile virus.
“I said, those mosquitoes were everywhere last night at that football game, and it was two or three days later I got sick,” said Scott Willard.
Willard said that he believes it was mosquitoes at a Georgetown Middle School football game that made him sick. He even ended up in a coma.
“I lost six or seven days. Don’t know what happened,” he said.
When he woke up, he was told his diagnosis was the West Nile virus.
“I made them get a computer so I could start researching what it is,” said Willard. “I never miss practice. never miss school, so getting sick was kind of a new thing for me, you know. I’ve never really been sick before in my life.”
Willard tells LEX 18 that being back at school now has made it all worth it.
“Just seeing the kids and having them go up and hug me was as good of medicine as I’ve had,” said Willard. “I wouldn’t wish West Nile on anyone. It was horrible, but you get a little stronger after you go through something like that.”
This Saturday, the Scott County High School Football team will be playing at Kroger FIeld for the state championship and Willard will be there coaching his offensive line.