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EEE victim's mother visits new home

Jeannie Tucker Jeannie Tucker

October 23, 2003

Valdosta - A South Georgia child suffering from Eastern Equine Encephalitis will soon have a new house to come home to. Ten-year-old Jennifer Tucker was bitten by an infected mosquito back in July.

Thursday, her mother visited the site of their new, handicapped accessible home built by community volunteers. All the supplies, labor, land, and even the furniture was donated by local businesses.

Jeannie Tucker says the trip to her new house is bittersweet. "It's so wonderful, but the only thing that could top this is having my daughter be able to walk, talk and do the things a normal 10-year old can do," said Tucker.

Jennifer is in rehab at Scottish Rite in Atlanta. She should be able to return home as soon as her new home is complete. That should be around the first of November.

posted at 1:30PM by ashley.harper@walb.com