Did someone you love have a heart issue? Family? Friend? You can still help someone in need!
About Doug + the Diagnosis
On October 7th, Doug Erbeck, father of two young boys (Owen, 8 & Henry, 7), was admitted to the emergency room with a fever and a resting heart rate of 142. After extensive testing, he was diagnosed with Sepsis, Aortic Stenosis and Endocarditis and was told valve replacement surgery would need to be performed immediately. With no prior medical history, you can imagine how shocking this news was. On October 21st, Doug underwent open heart surgery and it was discovered just how bad the infection was and how much damage it had caused. After more than 12 hours in the operating room, two heart valves as well as his aortic root had been replaced. The very next day… he twice went into cardiac arrest and was revived both times. He’s a fighter and he underwent a second surgery to implant two stents in his heart. Attached to 17 life saving machines, his kidneys went into failure, suffered permanent damage, and he endured weeks of dialysis. Fast forward... It’s now December 17th, and he is in the hospital again...An abscess has formed on the new graft and he needs a heart valve replaced again. Currently, he is receiving 3 infusions a day to keep the infection at bay until he has healed from the first surgery and is strong enough to undergo another one.
Doug endured the ICU and cardiac care unit for 6 weeksthe first time around and its all about to happen again. His caregivers are at his side 24/7 while he endures this challenge ahead, close to the hospital, which of course all costs money that insurance will not cover.
How can you help?
We welcome your prayers and graciously ask you to please consider joining us in this fight and supporting his urgent cause. Funding this cause would defer out of pocket hospital bills, living expenses for 24/7 support near the hospital, transportation, current and future medical support services and equipment (pacemaker, rehab etc.).
Where is Doug?
He’s at the same hospital President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery around November 17th. Emory University Hospital.
When is the next surgery?
Any donations are extremely appreciated as he works through this challenging road ahead. This dad of two young boys has a heart of gold and they want their dad back soon! Thank you for all your support! Our initial goal covers immediate expenses.
- Danielle Eldridge
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