John P Smith Medical Expenses

On April 6, 2017 my father went to the emergency room due to a worsening diabetic ulcer on his right foot. The doctors determined that his arteries were badly clogged and they would need to clear his arteries. After two unsuccessful attempts, it was decided that he needed an arterial bypass on his right leg. On April 12th, the surgery was performed, with a second surgery on April 13th to remove as much of the MRSA infection from his foot as possible and to replace the damaged skin with a graft. On April 14th, he suffered a debilitating stroke on his left side. The nurses were unable to prevent it with the shot as he had just had surgery. On April 20th, he was discharged to a local rehabilitation facility, who were responsible for maintaining his wound care, ensuring his needs were met, and assisting him with therapy to recover from the stroke. On April 25th, we noticed that his right foot was changing colors, voiced our concerns, and were informed that it was normal. On May 1st, his doctor readmitted him to the hospital after viewing the condition of his right foot. On May 2nd, they amputated his right leg from just below his knee. On May 3rd, we were informed of the stage 4 bedsore that had occurred during his stay at the rehabilitation center. My father has since been in two other rehabilitation centers to help with his wounds and therapy. He is now able to move his left foot, eat and speak without much difficulty, and has feeling in his left side, yet unable to move his arm, hand, or leg.

Unfortunately, Medicare will not continue to cover the cost for his stays. He is being discharged into my care on June 29th. Our family has been informed that Medicare will not cover the items he needs for his basic care and needs. His prognosis at this time is 24 hour care, total assist with a portable lift (portable so he will be able to be transported in a vehicle to doctor appointments), high back wheelchair, hospital bed with an alternating pressure mattress, assist rails, trapeze bar, and therapy equipment to help his stroke recovery and amputation recovery. 
Any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated. If anyone is local to us and has equipment they would care to donate, it would be highly appreciated. 
My dad has always been a helper, others needs were a priority to his own. Please show him the kindness that he has spent his life showing others.


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