Mysterious infection gave Kearney dad 7% chance to survive. He lost his leg but beat the odds

When Jason Wasmund woke up weak and shivering Feb. 16, he assumed he had the flu, but within a day his temperature dipped to 96 degrees and then soared to 103.

“The second day, he couldn’t answer my questions,” said his wife, Cassie. Worried, she took him to the emergency room at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

He was diagnosed with sepsis, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs.

Wasmund, 43, the manager of Tradehome Shoes at Hilltop Mall, came home March 22. He is using a wheelchair, a walker and crutches and allowing his body to heal while spending time with children, Jaxon, 9, and Jaycee, 7.

He and Cassie slowly are grasping the grim reality of the last two months.

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