Sunday, June 06, 2010

Inspirational H1N1 survivor

Last fall, Des McDonald contracted the H1N1 virus, and barely survived. He was put on a ventilator, and in an induced coma. He lived, but the price was heavy. Seven of his fingers were partially amputated, and his legs were amputated just below the knees. He will also lose his thumbs eventually.
(From The Telegram) As the illness got worse, his circulation suffered.
“All your blood concentrates on the central part of your body — your main organs — and leaves your hands and your feet. So this is how you pay up for it. It probably saved your life, but ...” McDonald said.... At the worst of it, he had pneumonia, blood infection and he was on dialysis

Despite his horrific ordeal he is positive about his future. He will get prosthetic legs and intends to work. His colleagues at work are organizing a organizing a motorcycle “Poker Ride” to raise money for him. Good luck to him.

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