Dallas Christian teacher survives severe case of malaria
John Scott, Shane’s father, said his son remained weak but was thrilled to be back with his students and colleagues.
“We are grateful to the good Lord,” said John Scott, minister of mission effectiveness at Christian Care Centers Inc. in Mesquite. Church members across the nation — and even around the world — prayed for Shane Scott after he contracted the disease during a Dallas Christian School spring-break mission trip to Ateiku, Ghana.
Peggy Good, a church member in Alabama, died in 2010 from complications due to malaria. She contracted a severe form of the disease on a mission trip to Ghana five years prior to her death. Good’s malaria resurfaced after a mission trip last year and resulted in organ failure.
About 1,500 cases of malaria are reported every year in the U.S., although the disease was eradicated here by the 1950s, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most Americans who contract the disease get it while traveling to countries with high levels of malaria. U.S. citizens who contract malaria rarely die from the disease, according to the CDC.