Candida Tropicalis on heart valve
So, here is the shortest long version. My father had a valve replacement in the summer of 2000 that was replaced in 2002 because it was leaking. This was discovered because the leaky valve caused him to black out and he got in a minor car accident. While in the hospital he had a catherization to determine what the cause was which is when they discovered the replacement valve leak. He got a staph infection from this catherization which basically ate away the entire valve and also caused 3 strokes all within a 1 1/2 week time frame. After approximately 14 hours of surgery to replace the valve and repair other damage caused from this infection, bleeding could not be controlled and his chest was left open for several days. He miraculously recovered after several months in the hospital and then they discovered that he had Candida Tropicalis on the newly replaced valve. He went back in the hospital for agressive IV therapy which made him really sick and weak and the doctors gave him 6 - 9 months. That was in 2002, 3 weeks ago, he just had an aortic anuerysm repaired using a device that is used for ASD repairs referred to as a "clamshell." According to the surgeon my father is 1 of a handful of people in the world to have this device used in such a way. He still has 2 anuerysms that are there which are being caused by the Candida Tropicalis. Anyone have any advice or know of any doctor's who have experience with this. We have been dealing with Mass General in Boston, and despite 2 infections that he got while being treated there, they have been great. We are now at a wall though because they will not open him up again. If anyone out there can point me in a direction, it would be greatly appreciated. Time is of the essence.