By Mark E Pauley Sr.
SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio – David Sprouse, a forty-six-year-old man from Northeast Ohio, needs a kidney transplant because of complications from an injury while working at the FORD Motor Company over 10 years ago. According to David, he developed an infection from a strain of bacteria called MRSA. David reluctantly started a “gofunme” campaign, https://www.gofundme.com/a-kidney-transplant-for-christmas, to help with the costs of the transplant, recovery time, rehab expenses, lost wages, etc.
According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and is an infection caused by a strain of bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. MRSA infections typically occur in patients who have been in a hospital or other health care settings. MRSA infections start as small, red bumps that can quickly progress into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining, notes Mayo Clinic. In some cases, a MRSA infection remains on the skin; however, it can spread into the body. Once a MRSA infection has spread, it can cause infections in the bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.
David has also lost his mother to MRSA, she passed away in 2013. David believes she contracted the bacteria while caring for him. David has had skin sores and eye problems, he lost a foot and has had many issues with joints. In the middle of all this, he was diagnosed with a chondrosarcoma (cancerous tumor) on his brain stem. His kidneys were affected by all the medications, and are now shutting down. According to David, “Just one good kidney would keep me alive!”.
Seven people have volunteered to be tested as potential donors. David is hoping to have the surgery and begin the recovery within a month or two.
David is a beloved teacher at the Ohio Media School, beonair.com, in VALLEY VIEW, Ohio, he’s a writer and photographer for the Northeast Ohio Sports Insiders or neosportsinsiders.com and allsportscleveland.com. David is also an on-air talent at WIXY1260Online.com.