Just his luck....

Leon has been thru so much in the last 2 weeks. On October 12th a very healthy 29 year old  was having a "simple" outpatient Laminectomy on a herniated disc in his back. We were told that he would be out of work for no more than 1 week.  That is when he was broadsided with a severe bleeding complication from surgery. Leon ended up with a Epidermal Spinal Hematoma because his surgen did not stop the bleeding properly before closing his incision. The hematoma caused so much pressure on his spine that he started losing feeling in his lower body. The dr advised us that it was a normal side effect from the swelling and it would subside. The paralysis did not subside,it gradually got worse. On our own judgement, we decided to go to the ER. After hours of evaluation and tests, it was told to us that he needed an emergency surgery to drain the blood that was pressing on his spine causing his paralysis. We were transferred via ambulance with sirens to a hospital that had a neurosurgery floor. We were told that there is no guarantee that Leon will ever regain full strength and function of his lower body due to the damage to the nerves by the hematoma. That was devastating! Thankfully with relief from the pressure of the hematoma drainage, he was feeling a little better and regained some control and function of his lower body. They kept Leon for 6 days to start physical therapy to re-teach him how to walk. With a walker, on October 21st they released Leon home with daily in-home care. On October 22nd, just 1 day after release Leon started with uncontrollable pain and high fevers of 102 and higher. After speaking to his surgeon, Leon was taken back to the hospital and re-admitted. Tests showed that in addition to his back healing, he had aquired an infection somewhere and after further testing Leon was diagnosed with Acute Kidney Failure. Currently Leon is still in the hospital fighting this unexpected battle. In addition to the battle for his health to improve, we are falling behind on all of our bills. A surgery that had a expected time off from work of 1 week has turned into a unknown return date. With a family of 4 and an unknown amount of medical bills and coinsurance, we need your help. We appreciate each and every one of you <3 


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Steffany Donath 
West Palm Beach, FL
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