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Surviving the flu: Valley man out of the hospital

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He was the picture of health at 27 years old, a personal trainer in great shape.  Jamie Ison came down with the flu nearly two months ago and had to be hospitalized.

The strain he got of the H1N1 virus was so aggressive that he was fighting for his life at one point. Ison thought he would be leaving behind his wife and two year old daughter.

Now he is back to playing with his young daughter and back to work as a personal trainer in Gilbert. His family says his health turned for the better when doctors eventually used an ECMO machine. The machine takes blood out of the body, oxiginates it, then put it back in the body.

Ison's family is crediting the machine and doctors for saving his life and he wants to urge others to get the flu shot.

"I didn't get the flu shot and I normally don't, I didn't know I could get this sick... I'll get the flu shot next year and every year I can.. it's a nightmare that I don't ever want to go through again. It's been a month and a half and still really weak, can't speak very good, it's pretty bad," said Ison.

Ison says he still is weak and has pain in his left side.  His voice also is not fully back, but he says doctors expect a full recovery.

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