Ill Inola man says overgrown field across the street affects disease

Posted at 8:20 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 12:40:38-04

INOLA, Okla. -- An ill Inola man claims he may have a shorter time on Earth because an overgrown field across the street from his house makes it difficult for him to breathe.

Through the weeds and down a gravel road, a couple of 50 years sits on their porch.

"It's still growing," homeowner Janie Stevens said. "In April, they told us he has about a year left."

Larry Stevens is on oxygen 24/7.

"Just a huffin and puffin until it catches up," he said.

Pulmonary Fibrosis took over his lungs.

"As soon as I step out that door, it hits me," he said. "My breath gets shorter and by the time I walk to the car, I can't hardly breathe at all."

Stevens says pollen is a key irritator.

"The warmer it gets, the worse it gets," he said.

Stevens says it's from the overgrown field across the street, which he used to manage.

"I mowed it every week at least," he said.

His doctor requested in June that the grass be cut.

The town attorney plans to send a letter to the property owner. If no response, a hearing could designate the property as a nuisance. Then, it could potentially be mowed by the town.

"He don't want to go anywhere because it's so hard of him to go," Janie Stevens said.

Nana and Papa are spending every minute together enjoying time, hoping if the grass gets cut they'll have a bit more.

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