SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A South Jordan man living in Vietnam teaching English is now in the fight for his life after developing a staph infection that has spread to his heart.
Aaron Lawrence, 31, and his father Steven Lawrence have lived in Ho Chi Minh City for six years.
Aaron was recently rushed to Cho Ray Hospital and diagnosed with severe colitis, an aggressive bacterial infection in his feet and legs.
Further tests revealed the disease had quickly spread to his heart, seriously damaging two of his heart valves, putting him in acute kidney/renal failure.
Aaron’s sister, Taylor Heaps told ABC4 News that the day after he was admitted, their mom, Brenda (who lives in South Jordan) jumped on a plane after getting an emergency visa to be with him. Since then, Taylor said Brenda has been by his side nearly 24/7, sleeping on a mat underneath his hospital bed with no air conditioning.
Lawrence has had to undergo multiple blood transfusions and has been placed on strong antibiotics that have helped to stabilize him, but Steven said he needs immediate heart surgery.
Aaron has no medical insurance or savings and his family has depleted their savings paying for his urgent care.
Steven Lawrence said the hospital has been incredibly supportive, and the costs for Aaron’s surgery and post-op recovery care has been substantially reduced to about $35,000, but that money has to be paid before his son can have the surgery.
If you would like to help, you can donate to their family’s GoFundMe here.