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TN native overcomes sickness just in time for NBC's ‘American Ninja Warrior’

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Grant McCartney competes in the "American Ninja Warrior" Los Angeles Qualifier. Grant McCartney competes in the "American Ninja Warrior" Los Angeles Qualifier.
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

Knoxville native and "American Ninja Warrior" participant Grant McCartney said it's a miracle that he's been able to compete on the obstacle course competition show's latest season.

After traveling to India to help build a skate park for kids, he got sick and was bedridden for two weeks. He had one month to prepare for the show's Los Angeles qualifying rounds after losing 10 pounds and a significant amount of his strength.

"I think just finally with time God just slowly took it away from me, and I just got to feeling better," said McCartney in a phone call. He added that he isn't sure what illness he had. Bacteria was found in his system; four rounds of antibiotics didn't help get rid of it, and they caused their own separate issues, according to McCartney.

"It was hard to move at first. It was hard to get up and walk around ... I was just excited to eat again," he said. "I'm very thankful to be honest. I think that God really provided for me. It was just a weird setup."

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