Zander Nock seems pretty much like most boys of seven and a half. There's a constant smile on his face, a desire to play with his friends.
Suddenly, though, last Jan. 18, Zander's health took a turn for the worse.
He complained to his mother, Fawn Lamack, that his right leg was hurting. He limped toward the school bus Tuesday morning, and at 10 a.m. the school nurse called and said he had a temperature of 104.9. The next day, his dad took him to the hospital and he was put on Tylenol and Motrin on alternating days. He stayed at his dad's that weekend and when Fawn picked Zander up his knee was swollen so she took him to the emergency room at Spirit Lake. They told Fawn she should take Zander to the hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., so she drove three and a half hours through a snowstorm where he was put in intensive care at Avera McKennan. In a two-and-a-half-hour surgery, doctors drilled holes in Zander's knee and flushed it with antibiotics.
Zander Nock and his mom, Fawn Lamack, have struggled with the MRSA that has afflicted Zander since this past January. A benefit will be held to help with Zander’s medical expenses 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Estherville Golf Course clubhouse.
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Zander went from Sioux Falls to Rochester, Minn. where doctors determined that the MRSA, a potentially fatal staph infection, had gone from his knee bone to his femur. After surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Zander spent five days in the hospital and had a leg cast on for six weeks. When it was discovered that his femur had been healing incorrectly, an external fixator was placed on his legs with two metal rods.
Since then, he's had four PICC line IVs over the last seven months with antibiotics three times a day.
Now, a home health-care nurse comes once a week and he goes to Avera McKennan every two weeks to meet with his infectious disease and orthopedic doctors. He has physical therapy three times a week.
Zander will go in for more X-rays at Rochester Aug. 15. If an MRI shows the MRSA has passed over his growth plate in his knee, he'll need multiple surgeries during his various stages of growth.
Fawn said Zander is still on oral antibiotics to kill the MRSA, and he'll remain on them until he's MRSA-free. Meanwhile, he continues blood tests.
With a walker and, when necessary, a wheelchair, Zander continues to cope and live as normal of a life as possible.
"He's kept a pretty good attitude throughout this whole thing," Fawn said.
A benefit tailgate supper will be held to help with Zander's medical expenses at the Estherville Golf Course clubhouse starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. At that time, the Shayla Bee Fund will present a check to Zander and his mom, followed by a supper that will include maidrites, chips, salad, beans and drinks for a freewill donation.
Another Shayla Bee Fund fundraiser will be the Shooting Starts Golf Tournament Aug. 12 at Hillcrest Golf Club in Graettinger.
Registration for the three-person, best-ball tournament is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is $40 a person or $120 a team. Golfers will receive a T-shirt, meal, 18 holes of golf and games.
Two hole sponsorships are still available at $100 each. Raffle donations are also welcome.
For registration or sponsorship information about the golf tournament, contact Miranda DePyper at (507) 327-6638.