On Monday, August 28, 2017, John was admitted into the hospital hours after being diagnosed with a D.V.T (deep vein thrombosis) He had a angiogram done that determined that he had multiple and severe blood clots with major blockage in the vessels of his right leg. Doctors said it was most likely a condition that had been occurring for months or even years and John had no indication of any issues besides occasional leg pain. As an attempt to save his leg a Catheter Assisted Thrombolysis was done. Which is a procedure where the catheter delivers special medicine to dissolve the clots. However, the following morning, John was told the procedure was not successful. Within just a few short hours, the clots had worsened so much that his whole right leg turned purple from lack of blood flow. He was rushed into emergency surgery to amputate his right leg from the knee down. The morning after the initial amputation John had to be rushed back into emergency surgery because his blood was continuing to clot. Doctors then cut into his groin as well to try and clear the multitude of clots. That surgery went well and John was moved out of the ICU and into a regular hospital room. Two days later, John was complaining of abdominal pain and bloating. An
x-ray confirmed that he had Sigmoid Vulveous, which is a condition where the intestines become twisted. John had to be rushed into another emergency surgery. Two days after that, which was his 7th day in the hospital, John had another surgery on his right leg to now close the remaining muscle to his amputated leg.
John is still not out of the woods yet, he has been having so many complications in his short 12 day stay. He still has a very long road ahead. Once he leaves the hospital he will be going to a rehabilitation center where they will work with him to increase his upper body strength, coordination, flexibility and endurance to prepare him for the future. They will also provide him with the fitting of a prosthesis while teaching him to use the prosthesis with confidence.
Our main goal is to get John up and moving again. But we all know how expensive situations like this can be and what a long road he has ahead of him. So we are hoping for some help with some of the medical expenses, modifications to his home of 30 years and last but not least to help with the purchase of his prosthetic.
We thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide and look forward to getting John back to his mobile, active life with his family.
- Katie Smith
- Alysa Gramlich
- lau ren
- Dennis Long
- Nicole And mike
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