By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
A terrible hand was dealt to a DeWitt County teenager, but he overcame the ordeal with the help of a local doctor. Hansen’s disease or leprosy, as it is commonly known, is not at all a common infection in the United States. William Cody Baker contracted the now curable disease several years ago.
Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by bacteria. At the start, symptoms are not prevalent for years, up to 20 in some cases.
Dr. Michael McLeod, Baker’s primary doctor, was on a television show with Baker, “Monsters Inside Me” on Animal Planet, in October, talking about the process of going through this terrible ordeal.
“Going through the episode, I was kinda nervous,” Baker said.
McLeod talked about how the disease was contracted.