Bay City native stationed in S. Korea released from hospital - WNEM TV 5

Bay City native stationed in S. Korea released from hospital

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While fighting for his country he was also fighting for his life after contracting a virus.

Nathan Christe, 22, is currently serving in the Army. He is stationed more than 6,400 miles away from home.

“He’s my closest companion throughout most of my life. The thought of losing him is pretty real,” said Austin Christe, Nathan’s brother.

Austin is worried after his little brother got a virus affecting his heart.

“Your younger brother fighting for his life is kind of an odd thing to you,” Austin said.

What makes it especially hard is the distance. The Bay City native is stationed in South Korea.

“As the older brother, I’ve usually been able to fix most problems actively. To sit on the sidelines is rather different and difficult,” Austin said.

Austin said his brother was induced into a coma for a procedure. Since then he has started to improve. He was released from the hospital Feb. 27.

He is scheduled to get his stitches removed March 8 and he has been cleared to fly home after that, his cousin Laura Dern said.

Austin said he is hopeful and he feels blessed the community has supported his family through this hard time.

“It’s quite overwhelming to be honest with you,” Austin said. “Keep on praying and keep on moving forward because the progress is there.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with costs.

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