Ozzie Ramirez, a Miami Springs Senior High grad, longtime DJ, and owner of Fruta Loca and Sobe Graphics, is in need of the community’s help. He has been hospitalized with several complications and his wife, Zuly, is asking for help.
Below, you’ll find the story as posted by his wife, Zuly, on the GoFundMe page. Please share with friends as we pray for Ozzie’s speedy recovery.
Friends. We are here with humble and hopeful hearts to update you on Ozzie’s condition.
I apologize for not letting Jen Taylor assist us with the GoFundMe. I thought he would be out in two weeks and it’s been over a month.
Since he was first hospitalized on October 7th for pneumonia, Ozzie has experienced the following complications:
Cardiac arrest where he momentarily died and had to be brought back, A pneumonia so severe he was placed face- down in an enclosed in ROTO PRONE BED for ten days. To endure this extreme treatment, he was placed in a coma and intubated. He developed Acidosis, in the lungs and spread to his whole body which is an infected liquid in the blood plus totally Septic too.
Fatal kidney failure having to be on dialysis. Painful Cellulitis on leg wounds. Inoperable Gall bladder stones and pain but to weak to with stand general anesthesia .
Doctors had no choice to save his life by having to place a drain hose from his gallbladder. It was to remove the severe infection of pus and vile fluid infected for the time being to save him.
Plus pneumonia again together with the gallbladder issue.
Due to being in the hospital so long, he also was exposed to issues from shift changes.
Including a drain that drained incorrectly into his abdominal cavity, causing a recent setback.
He also recently had the most unusual happen infiltration of the i.v. fluids flooded his lungs and abdomen setting him back again.
He had to be attended in the hospital with a crew call Rapid Response like a 911 within the hospital.
Ozzie has heroically endured a chronic condition for years which has now triggered lupus,
an auto- immune disease that aggressively attacks the body’s own systems. Always with a joke
and quick smile, our smiling hero is in intense pain from being prone, unable to get out of bed.
He has developed low platelets and low iron levels issues- involving multiple blood transfusions. He has lost significant
muscle mass and weight and appears skeletal from this brutal battle.
To put all of this in perspective, he spent over a month in a critical care unit.
Ozzie has a very long road to recovery ahead of him. He is unable to stand or walk unassisted.
He has developed tremors in his hands, and lost a significant amount of the muscle mass needed
to get him back to health. The doctors estimate he will be another month or two in rehab if released
from the hospital. He will need to do months of physical therapy in order to
simply be able to do everyday things like walk, dress himself, etc.
While family has helped in watching over him in the hospital during his comatose state, I
had been left to run both of our businesses, as well as be his healthcare advocate. His
inability to work, with no one to run the complex print jobs at his beloved SoBe graphics,
has taken a huge financial toll on us. I need help to come out of this
tragedy, and get back on our feet. Ozzie will not be able to work again until well into the new year or so on.
In addition, some of his critically needed treatment has not been covered by insurance.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Please share this GoFundMe page to your own network.
Sorry FB friends for not posting anything but the whole family has been overwhelmed with his s health. We
didn’t want this to be a public matter. Since it was so sensitive to discuss and Ozzie is a very private person on his personal life.
Most important keep your prayers coming for us.
Ozzie & Zuly