On August 23, Dean had a mechanical valve replacement by a highly respected cardiothoracic surgeon at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank. One week later, he "crashed" so all his organs stopped functioning. Being called a miracle man, he survived and was on the road to a slow recovery when he developed a severe infection in his chest which spread over the incision from the previous surgery. On February 12, the infection/incision ruptured.
Dean needed another surgery two days after the infection ruptured his incision and he now literally has a hole in his chest. He will need reconstructive surgery with 6-8 weeks of heavy duty antibiotics and possibly another stay in a rehab facility.
Dean has a long recovery in front of him of six months to a year. It is uncertain if he will be able to return to work. If he does, it will be quite some time.
I am Rick Lasher, Dean's husband and caretaker, and am asking for any donation that could help with home nursing care, physical therapy, rent and bills. I will have to take some time off of work to help with his recovery, so we are reaching out for some financial help with the burden of bills that insurance does not cover.
Dean is a loving, caring man with lots of pride, but realizes we have donated most of our working lives to animal rescue, heart research for his mother, AIDS patient's care, and I know it's okay to ask for help for Dean.
Let's get him back on his feet and back home to me and Jessie!