Jill Duggar Says Derick Dillard Almost Died, Addresses Concerns That He Is Seriously Ill

Treva Bowdoin

Jill Duggar, her husband Derick Dillard, and their toddler son, Israel, will be returning home to Arkansas soon after spending almost a year in El Salvador. According to Jill, it's a miracle that all three members of her family are coming back to film Counting On -- she believes that she and Israel came dangerously close to losing Derick during their family's long-term mission trip.

On Thursday, Jill Duggar's family revealed that Jill and her husband will be returning home in the very near future. In honor of James Duggar's 15th birthday, the Duggars shared a post on their Facebook page informing fans that James and the other members of his "buddy team," Joy-Anna and Jennifer, were looking forward to being reunited with their old team leader. As Michelle Duggar explains in one of her TLC blog posts, the older members of buddy teams are in charge of parenting the younger kids placed in their groups.

Jill Duggar's buddy team days are over now that she's married with a child of her own to take care of, and her only household helper is her husband. However, according to the latest mission trip update on the Dillard Family website, this almost changed in the worst possible way; Jill Duggar got dangerously close to losing Derick Dillard during a storm.

As Jill recounts, Derick was walking home during a thunderstorm when a friend stopped to chat with him.

"A minute or so later while they were still talking a little ways from the house, a bolt of lightning hit the tree next to our house! The blast startled everyone around (Israel and I were in the house) and knocked our friend, who Derick was talking with, off his feet! We were talking later with some of our friends and realized that had this friend not stopped Derick to talk with him, Derick could've been walking through water as he headed to our house and could've been electrocuted by the lightening [sic] through the water on the ground."

Many fans of the Duggars are worried about Derick Dillard's well-being, but not because they fear that he's going to get burnt to a crisp while walking outside during an electrical storm. As the Inquisitr previously reported, a large number of Jill Duggar's Instagram followers expressed concern about Derick's health after Jill shared a photo of her husband looking much thinner than he used to.

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"Derick and I are generally very healthy people, but when you're eating, drinking and living in a different place than the one you grew up in, it's not uncommon to come down with the 'traveler's stuff' or other bacteria/viruses in the local jungle area. No, we haven't had Zika that we know of, but both of us have been laid out for a few days here and there, thankfully not both at the same time though."

"We are looking forward to being home with family (and Chick-fil-A ;-) and plan to take some Bible classes and be involved in local ministry while we're there."

[Image via Duggar Family/Facebook]