ROANOKE, VA—Local claims adjuster David Seaborne, a devoted husband and father of three, died Tuesday at the age of 37 following a long and painful personal battle with a 512-pound eastern lowland gorilla.Christine finds some solace in the fact that David's long and painful battle is over and he can finally find some peace.
According to his wife, Christine—one of the few people who was aware of his courageous struggle—Seaborne chose to fight the muscular, quarter-ton primate in private night after night in hopes of maintaining as normal a life as was possible for his family.
Dr. Earl Patterson, the physician who treated Seaborne throughout his life-or-death battle, initially gave Seaborne just six months to live. Though the prognosis was grim, Patterson said that, with the help of powerful tranquilizers, Seaborne was able to beat back the gorilla several times, and his situation started to look more promising.Even though it is rare, it deserves as much attention as any other potentially-fatal malady and I hope, someday, there will be increased funding for the treatment of this devastating condition.
The gorilla, however, eventually stopped responding to the drugs and returned with a vengeance.
If you are battling any sort of higher primate, I implore you, please get help, before it's too late.