Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Terry's journey started last Nov with pain when walking. In early January the toes on his right foot turned purple and extremely painful. He was diagnosed with a 100% blocked femorial artery. On Jan 16 he had surgery to place 3 stents in his right thigh. Unfortunately that did not work and 4 days later they ran a bypass from the left femorial artery across to the right, then down the thigh to the knee. The foot looked much better. Then he started running a temp. He had an infection and ended up on antibiotics and the hospital stay was 16 days. He was discharged with IV antibiotics I gave him every 12 hours through a port in his arm. Nurses came daily for wound care, vitals and blood work. He started walking a bit. About 2 weeks later he began experiencing severe pain and stopped walking, etc. Wounds weren't healing well so he had outpatient surgery to clean them up. After 3 weeks home, I noticed a small purple bump in one of the incisions. Was advised to take him to ER. He went to the bathroom, stood up and the bump burst. There was blood spurting everywhere. So thankful my son Nate was there to help me stem the flow and call 911. He was taken to Fawcett Hosp and air lifted to Tampa General Hospital. He is still here. The infection ate through the sutures connecting the bypass to the femorial artery. All the bypasses were ocluded and he was bleeding internally. After 5 hrs of surgery and 4 transfusions they were able to stop the bleeding, and suture the left femorial artery back together, saving the left leg. They then did a new bypass from his right shoulder to the right knee to try and save part of the right leg. On Monday, 3/9, he is scheduled for amputation of his right leg just above the knee. We have a long process ahead of us!