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Dad Loses 9 Fingers, Both Feet After Flu Complications


Brian Herndon (Credit: Jaye Herndon, GoFundMe)


A 51-year-old Texas man lost both of his feet and most of his fingers after complications from the flu, according to his family.

“One minute you’ve got the flu and the next you’re septic,” Brian Herndon said as he battled the dangerous virus at a hospital in Fort Worth, WFAA reported.

The husband and father of two had a low-grade fever on Jan. 3. The next day, his body temperature increased, and his wife rushed him to the hospital.

“He had a 104.7 temperature… and then he had trouble breathing,” Jaye Herndon said of her husband. “We didn’t wait. We went to the ER. It was that quick.”



He was diagnosed with the flu and admitted to the hospital. The following day doctors said he had pneumonia, which led to septic shock.

They could not detect a pulse in his feet for a few days. Two weeks later, a surgical team at Baylor University Medical Center had to amputate both of Brian’s feet and nine of his fingers, according to the Star-Telegram.

Jaye said her husband had no underlying medical conditions that they knew of. She also told the Star-Telegram that he did not get a flu shot this season.

The family hopes Brian will be released from the intensive care unit by the end of this week, then enter the rehabilitation stage of his recovery.

GoFundMe page was created to help the family cover the costs of his new prosthetics.




 Padre de familia pierde 9 dedos y ambos pies después de complicaciones por influenza


Brian Herndon (Credit: Jaye Herndon, GoFundMe)


Un hombre de 51 años de Texas perdió ambos pies y la mayoría de los dedos debido a complicaciones por la influenza, según lo reporta su familia.

“Un minuto tienes influenza y al siguiente eres séptico”, dijo Brian Herndon mientras luchaba contra el peligroso virus en un hospital de Fort Worth, informó la WFAA.

El esposo y padre de dos tuvo fiebre baja el 3 de enero. Al día siguiente, la temperatura de su cuerpo aumentó y su esposa lo llevó al hospital.

“Su temperatura subió a 104.7 … y luego tuvo problemas para respirar”, dijo Jaye Herndon sobre su esposo. “No esperamos. Fuimos a la sala de emergencias. Fue así de rápido”.



Le diagnosticaron influenza y lo admitieron en el hospital. Al día siguiente, los médicos dijeron que tenía neumonía, lo que provocó un shock séptico.

No pudieron detectar pulso en sus pies durante unos días. Dos semanas después, un equipo quirúrgico del Baylor University Medical Center tuvo que amputarle los pies a Brian y nueve de sus dedos, según Star-Telegram.

Jaye dijo que su esposo no tenía condiciones médicas subyacentes que ellos supieran. También le dijo al Star-Telegram que no se vacunó contra la influenza esta temporada.

La familia espera que Brian salga de la unidad de cuidados intensivos a fines de esta semana, para después ingresar a la etapa de rehabilitación de su recuperación.

Se creó una página de GoFundMe para ayudar a la familia a cubrir los costos de sus nuevas prótesis.





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