He had complained about shoulder pain several weeks prior to being diagnosed, went to see a doctor and all they did was prescribe painkillers. Another week went by and once again went to see a doctor in emergency, this time they gave him antibiotics. By Saturday evening, he fell unconscious at home and was sent to emergency, at this time they diagnosed him with flesh eating disease, unfortunately the discovery was too late and his blood has become septic, the toxins have spread through his body.
At this time, he is to have surgery every second day to try and stop the infection from spreading further, the prognosis is somewhat grim. He has already lost 3/4 of his shoulder and still requires more tissue to be removed. Even if he makes it through this, the unfortunate part is that he would not be able to continue within the business that he is in and would have to find another career.
Rob is a man who is a little rough around the edges, but man with a heart of gold with a positive outlook in life that many wish they had. He and his wife, Eilish work with so many kids from dysfunctional families and provides a safe place for them to stay should they need the environment of family and love, which many of these children have not experienced before.
Rob and Eilish worship their son, Bronson and everything they do is all about helping their son set up his future. The sacrifices that I have seen them make is unbelievable. Rob working long hours just so he can try and take the summer off when Bronson is out of school so that they could spend time together. He is totally devoted to his family and friends. To see the bond between father and son is incredible.
I know that if Rob knew what I was doing he would probably kick my butt, he is a proud man and sometimes men like this know the meaning of giving but really have no idea how to accept help when they need it. I know this to be true as I am exactly the same way as he, we know how to give, but man when it comes to receiving, it is the most uncomfortable feeling in the world.
My wife & I have known Rob for approximately 6 years through my snake business and he has made a major imprint in our life.
I feel so helpless, now in Alberta and our friend is in the hospital in BC. I am appealing to the public for their prayers, good thoughts and also if you can possibly make a donation to help this family keep afloat. They run a family business and at this time everything has come to a halt.
I am requesting all my friends, associates, people in the reptile industry, trailer mechanics and the general public to mobilize and help spread the word about this campaign to aid in keeping his family afloat while they go through this terrible time in their lives.
I desperately need all your help to spread the word and use the internet to generate the attention for this campaign. I am literally begging that the universe help save Rob's life and short of that at least take care of the family financially.
I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read and aid this family to stabilize their financial lives so that they can focus on aiding in Rob's recovery. What ever funds raised through the donations used for expenses that is left over will be donated to Medical Centre for research in Flesh Eating Disease.
- Joyce Sandilands-Whittle
- K Carroll (Stupak)
- Kyle Carroll (Stupak)
- Don Killeen
Organizer and beneficiary
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