Casey had dental surgery performed in Oct. 2017 and things continued on as they normally do for him. While making sure that family came first he also managed to balance a career as a full time shift officer and paramedic student. The weeks following the dental surgery are when the first symptoms began. Casey began to notice that it was becoming increasingly difficult to perform normal everyday tasks without becoming short of breath. He then began to notice a marked loss in weight coupled with brief bouts of nausea. Believing it to be the combined stress of school and work, he did his best to continue on his career path. It was in mid January when Casey became concerned enough by his on going symptoms that he went and saw his doctor.
Medical professionals originally diagnosed Casey with possibly having a form of leukemia but couldn't say for certain until a bone-marrow biopsy was performed. After a few weeks it was discovered that Casey's issues are the result of an infection on his aorta (Infective Endocarditis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infective_endocarditis ). Doctors informed Casey that he was born with a bicuspid valve in his aorta instead of a tricuspid valve. This makes him more prone to infection due to the higher pressures that are being exerted against the valve. After a couple of extended stays in the hospital and an attempt to treat the infection with antibiotics the doctors determined what they were doing was not working. The infection has grown beyond control with meds and it was decided that Casey will have valve replacement surgery on Tuesday 03/06/2018.
The most optimistic outcome of this impending surgery is a 3 month recovery period. If all of that wasn't enough, Casey has also been diagnosed with a lesion on his spleen that doctors believe to be releasing septic emboli. Even if things go as well as they possibly can with the valve replacement, there is concern about lesions on his spleen that doctors believe are a result of clots and "vegetation" being thrown from the heart valve.
I have watched Casey and his family stand against this thing bravely and silently. Casey was initially reluctant to set up this page because he didn't want to obligate anyone else to have to shoulder what he believed to be HIS burden. After weeks of pestering him he finally agreed to allow me to set this page up. The medical bills are piling up already with a long road of recovery ahead, followed by more medical bills.
Lt. Casey Gould has faithfully served his community for years now and has asked for NOTHING in return.
I call on every citizen of Windham county, Chesterfield & Hinsdale NH every EMT, police officer, firefighter, medical provider or even your average goodhearted person any/everywhere. Please join me in helping Casey and his family carry some of the weight of this life changing event.
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