Nebraska’s father loses his leg after a mysterious infection, leaving him with only a 7% chance of survival
When Jason Wasmund came in mid-February with body aches and chills, he just assumed he had the flu.
But the next day his fever hit 103F and he complained of severe pain in his left leg, so his wife, Cassie, brought him to the emergency room at the Kearney regional medical center in Nebraska.
Doctors told Cassie that the father of two had made contact with a mysterious infection that developed into sepsis when the body attacks its own organs and tissues.
When 43-year-old Jason did not respond to antibiotics after spending three days in the ICU, he was flown to the medical center of the University of Nebraska.
There, surgeons amputated his left leg to prevent the infection from spreading, but told Cassie that he only had a seven percent chance of survival, reported The Kearney Hub.
Amazingly, Jason survived – although he is back in the hospital after his stump has developed a pus bag that needs to be cleaned up and sewn again.
Jason Wasmund, 43 (photo, left and right), from Kearney, Nebraska, was brought to the ER in mid-February with a fever of 103F and pain in his left leg. Doctors told his wife he had a mysterious infection in his left leg, which developed into sepsis
Three days later Jason was unable to breathe independently, so he was transferred to the University Medical Center of Nebraska and placed on a respirator. Pictured: Jason and Cassie with their nine-year-old son Jaxon (left) and their seven-year-old daughter Jaycee (second from the right)
Cassie told the newspaper that she began to worry about her husband’s condition in February when he was freaking out and couldn’t answer any questions she asked.
Jason was moved to intensive care the same night as he was admitted to the Kearney Regional Medical Center.
“He went from the super healthy Monday to the IC,” Cassie told The Hub.
Doctors told her that Jason had contracted an infection in his left leg, but they didn’t know the cause. They suspect bacteria may have been left in his body after an old wound or wound.
Anyway, the infection had spread to his leg and his body was now in a septic shock.
I shouted to the doctor: “You can’t take his leg!”
Cassie Wasmund, Jason’s wife
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition where chemicals released by the immune system into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the body instead.
Many doctors consider sepsis in three stages, ranging from sepsis to severe sepsis and ultimately septic shock, which can lead to death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis each year and at least 270,000 die.
The CDC also says that one in three people who die in a hospital has sepsis.
Usual care for sepsis sees doctors increasing doses of IV fluids as well as vasopressors, drugs that contract blood vessels and raise blood pressure.
Three days later Jason was unable to breathe independently, so he was transferred to the University Medical Center of Nebraska and placed on a respirator.
Cassie traveled with him to Omaha while her mother watched as their nine-year-old son Jaxon and their seven-year-old daughter Jaycee reported The Hub.
She said that the day after Jason arrived in Omaha, doctors told her to amputate his left leg to prevent the infection from spreading.
“I shouted to the doctor:” You can’t take his leg! “Cassie told The Hub.” But I didn’t know how serious it was. They had already taken him [into the operating room] when they called me. ”
Jason woke up only eight days after the amputation and it took two more days before he was fully conscious.
He told The Hub that he had not been told that his leg was amputated and that his brain did not register that it was no longer there.
“I would look down and see a leg. My brain still thought it was there, “he said.
Jason said it finally hit him while he was in physical therapy when he tried to use his left leg to catch himself while he fell back, but it didn’t work.
Two weeks later Jason was transferred to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, where he underwent physiotherapy and occupational therapy and learned how to navigate on crutches and in a wheelchair.
The day after her arrival in Omaha, surgeons were forced to amputate his leg to the knee to prevent the infection from spreading. Jason woke up only eight days after the amputation and it took two more days before he was fully conscious. Pictured, left and right: Jason and Cassie
Surgeons gave the father of two only a seven percent chance of survival. Jason is currently recovering, but is back in the hospital after his stump has developed a pus bag that requires surgery to clear it up. Pictured, from left to right: Cassie, Jaycee, Jaxon and Jason
“After three days, they let me rule the free time, but a physical therapist was shocked when I got up and reached the door with a walker,” he told The Hub.
Jason was fired on March 22 and was allowed to return home, where his situation remained stable for about a week and a half.
He was admitted to the ICU on April 8, Cassie wrote on a Facebook post. The next day, she revealed that scans had a skin abscess (pus-filled bag) in his stump and an infection in his thigh.
On Wednesday, doctors took Jason for surgery to reopen his wound, clean it and cut a small portion of the bone if necessary. He must use antibiotics for six weeks to fight further infections.
“Please keep him in your prayers,” Cassie wrote. “This is a setback to make life back to normal and it is hard to accept.”