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E. coli victim says "thank you" from hospital bed

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Almost one month after a deadly E. coli infection hit the Charlotte area, one of the boys who was one of the first to contract the bacteria is saying "thank you" to his family and friends.

Jordan McNair has been in the hospital for 3 weeks, and he's trying to keep a positive attitude. 

We visited McNair in his room at Levine Children's Hospital, Friday afternoon. McNair had severe kidney failure and was recently taken off dialysis.

"His body has gone through torture," said his mother Beth McNair.

At one point, health officials say over 100 people suffered from E. coli symptoms. Officials point the finger at The Cleveland County Fair.

Gage Lefevers, 2, died from the bacteria earlier this month, and officials say he is the only death connected to the outbreak.

"It's horrifying. I've cried so much, tears are not in production anymore," McNair said.

Family members say Jordan will likely be in the hospital at least another two weeks, undergoing intense physical therapy. McNair was understandably shy when we visited him, but wanted to send a special message to everyone in the community.

"Thank you," he said.

The McNair Family set up a fund in Jordan's name to help the family pay almost a month of medical bills. For more information, you can contact their attorney Timothy Zarsadias from Hull & Chandler, P.A. at 704-375-8488.

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