|July 19, 1956 - August 3, 2005|
|My fiance, Randy, an underwater photographer, age 49, developed NF after bumping his left thigh while riding his motorcycle on June 30, 2005. There was no visible injury, just excruciating pain, and eventually a fever, excessive thirst and mental confusion. After being in and out of the ER twice, he was finally rushed in for emergency surgery on July 12th and they found NF. A large portion of the back of his thigh was removed, including muscles, but he never awakened after the surgery, all of his systems were affected and he died August 3rd. Randy was a long-term Type-1 diabetic, whose kidneys had failed a year ago, and he was on dialysis while waiting for a kidney/pancreas transplant. It is a huge shock to us all that he is gone. I believe that ER/all doctors, nurses, and the public need more awareness and education about this deadly bacteria.|
Renton, WA USA
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