Hey everyone!! I so appreciate you taking the time to read this and donate if you can. Carly is a teacher at my school and her long time boyfriend Chris is in need of some serious prayers!! This is his story and the latest update I have received.
Chris was diagnosed with Influenza A and strep throat last Monday (March 13th.) He was prescribed tamiflu and an antibiotic and as the week went on he slowly started to feel a better. When he came home from work Friday evening he said he had a cramp in his right thigh but didn't think to much about it and was able to play outside with our daughter Bella. He went to bed early and woke up around 1:00 a.m. and said his foot was numb and tried to go back to sleep but he couldn't. A little before 5:00 a.m. he woke me up and told me he had something to show me but didn't want to worry me. His right foot was completely numb, felt very clammy and was completely white. I rushed him to North Kansas City Hospital's ER because we both knew something was not right. In the ER they couldn't find a pulse or any blood flow in his right foot, his blood pressure was super high and his blood sugar was 644 (he is a type 1 diabetic.) They immeidately took him back to surgery, which lasted for 7 hours and found hundreds of blood clots in his right leg and foot. The doctors were unable to figure out the cause of the blood clots and were amazed at how quickly it happened. They left a vein catheter in over night with a medicine to help dissolve some of the blood clots they couldn't get pulled out. He still had no blood flow in his right foot. Overnight it had moved up his right leg into his left leg as well. He had very little blood flow in his thigh and lost his pulse behind the knee of both legs and feet. They kept him on blood thinners and insulin drops and pain management drips overnight. He went to surgery again on Sunday morning and was in surgery for 5-6 hours. He had 9 incisions but they were able to remove all blood clots from both legs. He still has no pulse in either legs below the knee. Sunday evening the doctors finally discovered that all of this was caused from the strep bacteria he had contracted the week before. The bacteria got in his blood and created an antibody which caused coagulation in his blood and because gravity pulls it went to his legs first. They also believe he as an autoimmune disease that they are doing further testing on. Chris is currently heavily sedated and on a ventilator because he is not able to breath on his own. His kidneys have began to shut down so they have started him on dialysis in hopes to help filter out the infection. If he is strong enough, they plan to amputate both of his legs from the knee down in the next few days.
This family is in DESPERATE need of our prayers and financial resources. Chris is the sole provider for their family of three. If he survives this, he has a LONG road of recovery ahead and will be unable to work for months, that is IF he is able to work again. Chris and Carly have a beautiful 3 year old daughter to provide for and bills to pay. Carly is spending every waking second at the hospital with Chris but his condition is very unstable and changes hour by hour. I would love to raise enough money to cover the costs of their monthly bills for at least 3 months and for Carly's stay at the hospital, which is $35 PER DAY. (She is unable to stay in the room with him due to the ventilator and dialysis machine. ) Every dollar counts, please donate what you can and keep this family in your prayers!