Man Loses 9 Fingers And Both Feet… Here’s The Reason Why

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Brian Herndon wound up getting his two feet and nine fingers amputated after suffering severe complications from the flu.

Brian Herndon wound up getting his two feet and nine fingers amputated after suffering severe complications from the flu.  (


A hunting enthusiast in Texas who cane down with the flu ended up with nine fingers  and both feet amputated.

Can you imagine? Unbelievable…

Brian Herndon of Fort Worth, Texas, was told he had pneumonia when his fever spiked on Jan. 4, according to a report in the Star-Telegram.

From Fox News:

But just one day later, doctors told the family that Brian’s pneumonia had combined with this year’s flu virus and he was already in septic shock.

A couple of weeks later, both of his feet and nine fingers were removed.

“This flu is serious business,” his wife Jaye Herndon told the Star-Telegram. “People need to pay attention to it. Do not send your kids to school with a fever. We have to help each other out. Not everyone’s body deals with the flu like maybe yours does.”

While Brian has a long recovery ahead of him, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 710,000 cases of flu-related activity and 56,000 deaths by the end of the season.


Brian’s wife, Jane Herndon told the Star-Telegram “the flu is serious business,” and “people need to pay attention to it.”  (

The Herndon family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for prosthetic feet and fingers.

“We’ll need some prosthetic fingers to aid with shooting,” Jaye said. “But eventually those will all be things that he is able to enjoy again. He’s a man of faith, and we’re all just trusting God to carry him through and bring us to that new normal.”

The Herndons are hopeful that he will be out of intensive care by the end of this week.

“Daddy’s going to get new legs. He’s going to get ‘Iron Man’ legs.”

That’s what Fort Worth residents Jaye and Brian Herndon are telling their children, 5 and 2, after Brian’s bout with pneumonia and the flu required amputation of his feet and nine fingers.

“They have seen him. They know what Daddy’s lost,” Jaye Herndon told the Star-Telegram. “But that doesn’t change anything about who he is or what he means to us or his role in our family.”


The family has setup a gofundme page to raise money for prosthetic feet and fingers.  (

As heartbreaking as the episode has been for the Herndon family, septic shock, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and amputation of feet is not the worst case scenario for flu sufferers. There have been 54 flu-related deaths in Dallas County since Oct. 1, and at least 23 in Tarrant County, according to authorities.

And even if you got through January without getting sick, you’re not out of the woods yet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity can last into May.

We certainly wish the Herndon family the best.


Sources- Fox News and Star-Telegram.



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