A Texas man had nine fingers and both feet amputated due to flu complications
A Texas man has lost both of his feet and is expected to lose his fingers days after being diagnosed with the flu.
Brian Herndon, 51, was instantly left with severe complications after he was admitted to the hospital for debilitating illnesses on January 4.
Herndon's wife, Jaye, said her husband didn't have underlying medical conditions that can made the flu more dangerous, according to WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
"He had a 104.7 temperature right away," Jaye told the station. "And then he had trouble breathing. We didn't wait, we went to the ER. It was that quick."
His feet and fingers were amputated because blood clots formed after he went into septic shock, WFAA reported.
The family purchased preventive flu medication but did not have a chance to start it before his symptoms began, Jaye Herdon told NBC5.
She said he did not have a flu shot this year and they got Tamiflu, but did not have a chance to start it before he was taken to the hospital.
Herndon's GoFundMe page said the Fort Worth dad also suffered pneumonia and went into septic shock.
"Brian has been facing all kinds of complications... As of today Brian will need prosthetics for both feet and special hand work as parts of every finger have been amputated," the post read.
The GoFundMe message continued, "While this is a challenging complication, we can do this together. Our amount needed is rapidly growing but your help makes a huge difference."
The GoFundMe page has raised $20,152 of its $40,000 goal.
All proceeds will go toward his prostheses.