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Evacuees see silver lining in hurricane hospital stay

Jeffrey Windett got pneumonia in Macon while he evacuated Florida / Ronshad Perry (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Two evacuees from Florida now have to spend a little more time in Middle Georgia than expected thanks to an illness.

Jeffrey and Irene Windett are happy to be in Macon, considering their situation.

"It's kind of like destiny of us being in this town in these extreme circumstances," Jeffrey said.

They made it safely from Cape Coral, Fl. with their cat Sunny and dog Kayla. But then Jeffrey realized he was sick.

"Not only knowing that I'm safe now, I have to look for some healthcare," he said.

He ended up at Coliseum Northside Hospital with a diagnosis of pneumonia. But he said it's still been a good experience.

Jeffrey is no stranger to hospitals.

"I'm a 7-year tonsil cancer survivor," he said.

But the experience in Macon blew him away.

"I'm overwhelmed by the compassion and friendliness of this hospital and this whole town," Jeffrey said.

Irene said everyone has made them feel welcome.

"The people who have taken care of us, from the hotel, to the cab driver to the hospital, have gone above and beyond to make us feel at home," she said.

Jeffery said when you're evacuating from a powerful storm, one thing is clear.

"It's not so much the house and the vehicle that we left, it's what I had in the vehicle, heading to safety," Jeffrey said.

People here in Macon made sure all of them were taken care of.

"I had nurses volunteering to watch my dog and cat in case my wife got sick," Jeffrey said.

Irene said this won't be the only trip to Macon for the whole family.

"We'll look forward to coming back, that's for sure," she said.

Jeffrey said he's a big Allman Brothers fan so Macon was stuck in his head when he though about where to evacuate. He hopes to see The Big House if not on this trip, then the next one.


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