Cases of MRSA are growing at an alarming rate -- especially among young athletes. Incorporate Hibiclens and Hibistat into your sports regime to help avoid becoming another statistic. Below are a just a few of the frightening real-life encounters with MRSA.
The Ricky Lannetti Story
Ricky Lannetti graduated from Father Judge High School in 2000. He was a football player – a wide receiver – and a good one. After Father Judge, Ricky went on to play at Lycoming College where he became the Warrior’s leading receiver in 2003, catching 70 passes for 955 yards in his senior year. It was a school record and Lannetti was named to the first team All-Middle Atlantic Conference. Lycoming was preparing for a game with Bridgewater VA, in the quarterfinals of NCAA Division III playoffs. Ricky Lannetti was as prepared as he could be to face the Bridgewater opponent, but a different opponent was stalking Lannetti – an unknown opponent in an unexpected contest – that would battle Ricky for his life, and take it. Ricky Lannetti was admitted to Williamsport Hospital Saturday morning with a blood infection. That night, the night before he was to play in a game that could lead to a national championship, Ricky Lannetti lost his life to a microbe that was ravaging his body. Ricky Lannetti died from Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus-CA-MRSA. To find out more go to Ricky’s MRSA Awareness Foundation at www.mrsaawareness.com.
The Chris Bettineski Story
At first, I thought it was just a bug bite, or maybe an ingrown hair on my calf. A couple of days later the “bite” turned into a baseball-sized swelling and started to throb. T hen, I was admitted into the hospital with a leg swollen to twice its normal size. A day later I was told by the doctor that the infection (MRSA) may necessitate the amputation of my leg and if it reached my internal organs it could kill me. It was touch and go for a while. Luckily, I’m back to normal, I wish I could say the same for my leg.
The Luke Ferrill Story
Charlotte Ferrill, mother of four children ranging in age from 5 to 17, all who play sports, understands first hand the seriousness of MRSA. In 2006, her then 16-year-old son, Luke, came home from a football game with a 6-inch surface scratch on his forearm, probably a turf burn or tackle wound. Unfortunately, it was diagnosed as impetigo, a common, contagious skin rash. Soon, Luke began experiencing dramatic health issues unbefitting of a previously healthy, athletic teenager including headaches, dizziness, muscle pain and weakness, golf ball size masses in his armpits that had to be drained and exceptionally high blood pressure. Finally, he developed what appeared to be a pimple on his thigh that grew in redness and was hot to the touch. Luke was finally diagnosed with MRSA. For the next few months it was rounds of intravenous pain killers, antibiotics, fluids and shots. Within 9 months of that first turf burn, Luke was unable to walk and was only awake about 40 minutes a day.
“Clearly, the most important priority for moms of active kids is prevention, both at home and in the locker rooms. Believe me, you never want this to happen to your child,” said Ferrill. “At the same time, immediately recognizing any skin issues or health problems is essential.” “Hibiclens is a staple in our household. In fact, this year, when Luke went back to play football for his senior year, which we weren’t sure would even happen, he took Hibistat Towlettes with CHG, to wipe down his arms and hands before and after games,” said Ferrill.