First person to survive rabies gets married
The first person to survive rabies without being vaccinated is now a newlywed! Jeanna Giese got married on Saturday, September 20th. She was bitten by a bat nearly 10 years ago in Fond du Lac. Doctors say she would have died, if not for an experimental treatment that included a medically induced coma.
Giese and her husband, Scott Frassetto got married in Fond du Lac.
"He knows all my quirks and everything and he's always there to encourage me - so we just, we fit," Giese said.
"We always have fun together. She the most fun person I've been with and I've never felt so loved either," Frassetto said.
Giese and Frassetto have been together for two-and-a-half years.
"I'm most looking forward to seeing her in her dress for the first time. I'm pretty excited about that," Frassetto said.
For Giese, it's exciting to be at this point in life. She was bitten by a bat 10 years ago - and her life nearly ended.
"You've got your movie celebrities, your music celebrities, then you've got your rabies celebrity. It's weird. It's different, but I like it," Giese said.
Giese says she's still recognized.
"A lot of people just enjoy knowing I'm still out here living my life," Giese said.
Giese says she now works to educate people about rabies and animal safety. She speaks a lot about bats, and surprisingly, she still loves the creatures.
Frassetto says he remembers seeing his future wife on the news 10 years ago. He says he thought her story was miraculous.
"To see her on a daily basis, it's completely normal and she's still a miracle," Frassetto said.
Frassetto says it's also a miracle he gets to spend the rest of his life with Giese.
"I think I'm probably the luckiest guy on Earth," Frassetto said.
"It really just feels incredible. I can't describe it any other way than just incredible," Giese said.
As part of their honeymoon, Giese and Frassetto will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan - so Giese can speak at a bat festival.
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