My family is in need of your help

Hello friends/ family and community we are in great need of your help. My dad was admitted to Lodi Memorial Hospital on 1/9/20 for body aches and fever. On 1/14/20 doctors let us know the cause of his fever was due to an infection in his knee and needed surgery. Surgery was performed the same day a little challenging but he tolerated well. He was recovering well, but was having major respiratory issues due to fluids in his lungs. He was on oxygen for a few days and began to have anxiety attacks. He was transferred to the icu to be cared for. I walked in to say goodnight to my father that Thursday night around 11:40pm and seen my dad in the worst situation gasping for air frustrated telling me he can’t breath. I was shaking I was scared I didn’t know what to do other than stand by his side and tell him to relax and take deep breaths until the respiratory therapist came in. Doctor continued to run tests on him and found a vegetation growing on one of his heart valves. Doctor said antibiotics would help treat the infection but would  take 4 to 6 weeks. On Sunday 1/19/20 my dad had another three anxiety attacks that not even the bipap machine helped. Unfortunately they had to intubate him (life support) and transfer him to UC Davis icu. He’s in critical conditions. He’s very sick. He has multi-organ failure. His liver is failing as well as his kidneys and heart. He needs surgery, but surgeons said he’s not a candidate for surgery. Surgeons say due to how sick he is he will die on the operating table. We are in need of prayers and help gathering funds for what is to come in the next few days. As much as it hurts me my papa is tired. I ask him and he nods his head up and down. He’s still so young and had a whole life ahead of him he’s only 50 years old and would be turning 51 next month. He’s a father of four, three boys and one girl and a loving grandfather of 6. We need your help.


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Kimberly Zavala 
Stockton, CA
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