According to a report from NFL.com, Daniel Fells, who is a tight end for the New York Giants, may have to have his foot amputated after being hospitalized for a week due to a particularly dangerous staph infection.
Fells, 32, was taken to the hospital on October 2 with a 104-degree fever after several days of ankle and foot pain, the report says. Once there, doctors discovered that the athlete’s ankle was infected with MRSA, a staph infection resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics. Fells has since undergone five surgeries in an effort to save his foot from amputation.
However, according to the report, “the more urgent fear is that the MRSA has gotten into the bone and that it could travel into his blood. That could have the gravest of consequences.”
Since Fells’ hospitalization, the Giants have met with infectious disease specialists to learn how to prevent the spread of MRSA and have had their training and meeting rooms scrubbed and sanitized, according to ESPN. And according to the NFL’s report, several Giants officials have visited Fells in the hospital.
“This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning. We’re all fighting for Daniel,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said.