Gareth Bolt

In May of 2006, I was working at a Shipyard in Bellingham, WA. Working in the rain on a the slippery deck of a barge, I fell and got a large bruise on the left leg, on the inside just below the kneecap. 3 days later the leg was extremely sore and felt warm to the touch. I went to the doctor, who looked at it a told me I had a "little cellulitis". He proscribed antibiotics and a pain killers and told me if anything changed before Monday (Memorial Day Weekend) to go to the Emergency Room. The next morning, I woke up in pain, confused and a a rash on my body. I have had allergic reactions to antibiotics before so we went to the hospital. By the time we arrived at the ER (30 minutes), the leg had swollen and begun to discolor. Within 30 minutes of arriving, I was on the operating table. My doctor for the surgery, Dr. James Lohse, surely saved my life with his quick reactions to get me on the table. The infection was spreading so fast the told me they could see it move. My body was also shutting down, suffering from renal failure and loss of liver functions. They thought about removing the leg, below the knee but decided that I might not make it through the surgery. They operated on me for about 8 hours, removing anything they suspected was infected. When the surgery was over, I was unable to breathe on my own so they put me back on the respirator. I also developed a fever of 106 degrees and my bodily functions continued to deteriorate. It was decided to put me into a drug induced coma, where I was left for 5 days. At the end of 5 days, I had somewhat stabilized and they began to bring me back. I was conscious within 2 more days, but have no memories until day 10. I spent 28 days in the hospital the first time with countless surgeries. 3 weeks after getting out of the hospital my left got reinfected and I went back to the hospital for 10 days and 3 surgeries. 3 weeks after that, I needed to go back in for 2 days and had another surgery. to remove more infection I was on antibiotics for 5 moths total. Since that time I have constant nerve pain, headaches and a greatened decrease in the ability to do anything physical. I have the leg, but it doesn't work very well.