A 31-year-old Michigan man is in a medically induced coma after coming down with sepsis that has led to the removal of his right lung, both legs — and, soon, his hands.
Dale Kompik checked himself into a hospital into Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Nov. 11 after he experienced a backache and trouble breathing. But by Monday, Nov. 13, his health deteriorated significantly, and doctors called Kompik’s parents to tell them their son needed immediate surgery to battle an infection that was spreading throughout his body. As they struggled to grasp the news, Kompik’s parents asked if the medical staff could wait an hour so they could drive to the hospital, but doctors said if they didn’t start the operation within five minutes, Kompik wouldn’t survive.
“That’s the horrifying call you never want to receive as a parent,” his father, Dale Kompik Sr., 58, tells PEOPLE. “The doctor was in such a hurry that we didn’t even have a chance to hardly exchange words.”
Their son was experiencing sepsis brought on by a bout of pneumonia, which led to the collapse of his “completely pulverized” right lung. Each year, more than 1.5 million Americans get sepsis, leading to …read more