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Rabies survivor shares story of survival, hope

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Jeanna Giese-Frassetto, the first person in the world known to have survived rabies without receiving the rabies vaccination, appears on CW 14 Focus with Robert Hornacek.

(WCWF) -- This week on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek will be joined by Jeanna Giese-Frassetto.

Giese-Frassetto is the first person in the world known to have survived rabies without receiving the rabies vaccination.

In 2004, the then-15-year-old was bitten by a bat in Fond du Lac. About a month later, the teen began showing severe symptoms and was rushed to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. Thanks to an experimental treatment, Giese-Frassetto survived.

Now married with twins and another baby on the way, Giese-Frassetto sat down to share her story with Robert Hornacek.

On the show, she will talk about what happened and how it has changed her life forever.

"I know that there had to have been a reason. I go out and I educate because I didn't just survive to survive," Giese-Frassetto said. "You have to do something with it. It helps me to get through what I've been through, understand what I've been through, because I can help people."

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.

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