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WBTV’s Paul Cameron recovering from serious infection

Veteran WBTV anchor Paul Cameron, right, with co-anchor Maureen O’ Boyle. Cameron hopes to return to work next week after battling a serious infection in his knee. YALONDA M. JAMES - yjames@charlotteobserver.com
Veteran WBTV anchor Paul Cameron, right, with co-anchor Maureen O’ Boyle. Cameron hopes to return to work next week after battling a serious infection in his knee. YALONDA M. JAMES - yjames@charlotteobserver.com Observer file photo

Anchor Paul Cameron is recovering from a serious infection and hopes to return to WBTV (Channel 3) on Monday.

Cameron went through a painful knee replacement a year ago, but had returned to full activity, including playing tennis. But in June, the knee became swollen and doctors found it was badly infected.

Cameron had surgery July 11 when doctors removed some tissue and replaced the knee implant. He was put on a powerful antibiotic delivered in two-hour doses through a line running from his arm to the heart.

But the antibiotic later faltered and was replaced by another medication. By Tuesday, he was feeling better.

“It’s been a rough five weeks,” said Cameron, 62, who in June marked 35 years at WBTV.

After the knee replacement last year, Cameron went on a regimen of exercise including jumping rope and his weight fell from 225 pounds to 200. He’s down to 189 now and intends to keep it there. One benefit of the weight loss is it puts less stress on his knee.

He has been recuperating at his Lake Norman home and admits he’s eager to get back to the society of co-workers at WBTV. He’s expected to go on light duty beginning Monday, said news director Dennis Milligan, and then return full-time on Aug. 29.

“As for tennis,” says Cameron, “we’ll see about that.” …

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Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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