I am posting this on the go fund me page on behalf of my brother, Dan, you may know him as, "Dano," who literally almost lost his arm after contracting a rare flesh eating infectious disease. This disease, which was ultimately determined to be caused by the extremely fast spreading streptococcus bacteria, produces toxins that rapidly destroy the tissue and cells. Within hours, his arm blistered, some the size of golf balls full of discharge fluid. At that point, he rushed to the emergency room. The doctors new right away that it was a serious infection and immediately started him on a wide spectrum antibiotic, and initiated a wide variety of tests in an attempt to determine the cause.
By the next morning the infection had spread up his arm to the shoulder and the infection redness had started to spread across his chest. They immediately conducted emergency surgery and when the opened up his arm at the bicep found dying black tissue. Notwithstanding the urgency of the situation, it took toxicology two days to identify the infection as being a result of the necrotizing fasciitis streptococcus bacteria. However, by that time he had undergone 2 additional surgeries, which resulted in his entire arm being virtually carved up, and he came very close to losing his arm by the time the infection was able to be brought under control through the use of antibiotics specific to the streptococcus bacteria. As a result of the damage done to his arm by the infection and 3 very invasive surgeries, Dan developed lymphedema, a non-curable blockage in his lymphatic system, and has now been informed that he will need to wear a compression sleeve for the rest of his life in and engage in special stretching and exercises in order to get the fluid to drain out of his arm.
Dan ended up being hospitalized for a total of 3 weeks, and even though he is now home he requires home nursing care as well as multiple weekly doctor appointments with wound care and lymphatic specialists. As you can imagine the combination of hospital, doctor bills, lost income and other expenses are quickly mounting. Unfortunately, Dan, who was the main income producer of the family, is still unable to work and he is not sure when he will be released to go back to work. Needless to say, the mortgage company and other bill collectors are not at all sympathetic to his situation.
I wanted to help to get his story out to all of his many friends, and to anyone else, who like me, want to help alleviate the pressure of this mounting financial nightmare. He has meant so much to our family, and his wife and kids. He still has a son at home, in high school. Also, not at home, their daughter and her twin daughters all of whom relied on his financial support. I knew that once the word got out that, if they could, his friends would be willing to help as well. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help. Please keep Dan in your thoughts and prayers and please share this page.
- Jamie Nehmer
- Greg Walker
Saint Petersburg, FL