"Katie could have just sat on the couch, and she would probably still be there if she hadn't gotten on the exercise bike," Teresa Plumb said.
Instead, Plumb eventually returned to school right before Christmas break and then started participating in light practices with the basketball team before making it back on the floor for games earlier this month.
"All along, I figured that depending on how I felt, that I could get back and play," Plumb said.
It's been a remarkable recovery for Plumb, who first got sick at about Thanksgiving.
Eventually, the rest of the Plumb family got healthy, but Katie remained sick.
Initially, Plumb was sent into the intensive care unit to be monitored during a blood transfusion.
Even if there are no micro-Martians, adds Plumb
, future Mars-landing missions should be instrumented to detect peroxonitrite and carbonate on the planet's surface, as well as to confirm a slight alkalinity that would account for the 22 percent carbon dioxide reabsorption reported by Viking.
John McCarthy, Plumb Centre sales manager, said: ``Thanks are due to all our friends in the plumbing industry who contributed.''
The money was collected at a get- together organised for workers in the region by Plumb Centre staff at Nuneaton, Coventry, Rugby and Leam-ington.