McHenry man cured of hepatitis through new drugs

McHENRY – Ray Roach reflects on the grim prognosis a doctor delivered to him during a hospital stay nearly four years ago and smiles.

He smiles a lot these days, in fact. Twisting free of a noose will do that for a person.

Roach, 52, of McHenry is among the first of a new crop of patients celebrating a remarkable cure. Diagnosed at age 46 with Hepatitis C, a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus, Roach spent years on a health see-saw, and at one point, was near death.


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