On June 29, 2015 Michael McDermott woke up to find a foot swollen to three times normal and colored, black, blue, purple and red. The swelling was eerily creeping up his leg almost to the knee.
Obviously something was desperately wrong and he was rushed directly to the emergency room at Huntington Hospital where the doctors determined he had gangrene and went into immediate surgery where his leg was amputated approximately 8″ below the knee. The infection from gangrene extended up to his knee so his knee was in jeopardy! After six weeks of extreme antibiotics the infection was gone and a second surgery was performed. Doctors were able to save his knee!
From June 29 until today Michael has been a pillar of strength and positive attitudes, still doing all he can to help other people every way possible, he encourages openness regarding what is left of his leg and although his ordeal is far from over, he has shown such courage as to show others that no matter what happens in life, you can do extraordinary things and move on with a good life. NOTHING has to slow you down for long, as long as you keep that positive attitude. Michael is an inspiration to me and others and now he needs our help.
After months of helping me and others in every way he could completely unselfishly, he needs our help, which is why you are reading this on a GoFundMe.com site.
Medical bills not covered by insurance and regular bills are piling up, a new prosthetic leg is needed and his car needs to be modified to allow him to drive without the use of his right leg. Although his attitude and humor is truly inspirational, the financial assistance he needs is very difficult.
PLEASE pay it forward by helping my dear friend, Michael McDermott, recapture a normal life with his darling 10 year old daughter, Gracie by donating whatever you can. $5, $10, $20, $100 or more will go a long long way to help this wonderful man recover from this tragedy!
IPR has several articles which mention Mr. McDermott. Here are a couple: