December 24, 2004: Headlines: COS - Zambia: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Malaria: Sonoma News: Zambia Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Cohn ill with malaria

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Zambia Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Cohn ill with malaria

Zambia Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Cohn ill with malaria

Zambia Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Cohn ill with malaria

Joe Cohn ill with malaria


12.24.04 - Sonoma Valley winery owner Bruce Cohn is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where his son Joseph, 27, is in an intensive-care unit, battling the ravaging effects of a bout of malaria.

Joe Cohn grew up in the Sonoma Valley and, primarily, in Santa Rosa. A graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, in June he earned his bachelor's degree in international affairs from the University of California at Los Angeles. Joe then entered the Peace Corps. According to his father, Bruce, after his stint in the Peace Corps Joe intended to return to UCLA to earn a master's degree in international affairs.

Joe was stationed in northern Zambia, working with a village of people. On Nov. 22 he arrived in Florida to spend Thanksgiving with family members, including his father, Bruce, and his brother, Dan.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Joe, Dan and Bruce flew down to Costa Rica for a fishing trip. Two days later Joe fell ill was what was first thought to be flu.

"They diagnosed it (as malaria) on Dec. 2 and hospitalized him, in San Jose, Costa Rica," Bruce said. "This is a strain of malaria that is deadly. It has killed over 2 million people a year in Africa."

His mother, Susan Cohn, flew down to Costa Rica to be with her son. After two weeks in a medically induced coma in intensive care in Costa Rica, Joe was considered stabilized enough to be transferred to the United States.

Joe, his parents and his brother were on a flight to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, but during a point-of-entry customs stop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it was found that Joe was bleeding internally.

He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic near Fort Lauderdale, where he remains in critical condition.

"I've never seen more tubes in one individual," Bruce said. "It's been a nightmare. We're doing shifts (to stay by his bedside)."

Although Joe is in critical condition, he appears to be stabilizing, Bruce said.

"We're just hoping that he's strong enough to pull through," Bruce added. "He's young. The doctor said 'guarded optimism.' ... We're hoping to get him back to California by the first of the year, if we can, for further treatments."

Bruce said that cards or notes for Joe or his family can be sent to B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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With Lloyd Pierson's departure, Marie Wheat has been named acting Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations responsible for the day-to-day management of the Peace Corps. Although Wheat is not an RPCV and has limited overseas experience, in her two years at the agency she has come to be respected as someone with good political skills who listens and delegates authority and we wish her the best in her new position.

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