This story is one that will surely make you count your blessings and realize that your life isn’t all that bad. Michael Money of Bellingham, Washington, was out working when he cut his hand. Thinking nothing of it, the man continued to work. Little did he know, he’d been infected with a flesh-eating bacteria that was going to keep eating through his arm and eventually attack his vital organs.
After working and realizing that his hand wouldn’t stop hurting, Money went to the hospital to speak with doctors. That’s when he was told that he’d have to get his arm cut off to kill the infection. He’d contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria.
“I was begging them, please don’t cut my arm off,” he told Seattle’s KOMO-TV, in a hospital bed interview broadcast on Monday, after his latest surgery.
The man was told that if he didn’t have the arm removed, he could end up dead.
“If you don’t stop it, it gets into your heart. You can die,” he said.
After getting his right arm and forearm removed, Money had had arm shaped for a prosthetic limb. The problem he is facing now is that he doesn’t have $40,000 to $50,000 in order to buy one. He says that he can’t find a job because he needs his arm to work in the tire business like he did before. He has set up a website, donationsformikesarm.com, to ask for help.
“I miss not working — so that’s the only thing that’s got me,” he told KOMO-TV. “I can’t sit home and do nothing — that’s not me. I’ve got to keep going and keep going.”
Money says that in addition to raising the necessary funds to bring his life back to normal, he also wants to tell his story to others.
“I want to tell people my story on how easy it is to get this infection & how devastating it can be! I need your prayers, well wishes & support.”