Infection identified and surgery scheduled for Lubbock man, Tanner Rodrigues

Infection identified and surgery scheduled for Lubbock man, Tanner Rodrigues
24-year-old Tanner Rodrigues is currently fighting for his life against a mysterious bacterial infection. (Source: Lisa Hall)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - We have a positive update for 24-year-old Tanner Rodrigues, who has been battling for his life with a bacterial infection.

Tanner’s mom, Lisa Hall, says a couple of weeks ago, Tanner started having cold-like symptoms, but doctors found a gray dot on his eye and were concerned about it. Doctors discovered that Tanner’s heart valves were shredding and pieces were moving up to his eye, damaging the rest of his body too.

On Wednesday morning, Hall says medical professionals have identified the bug and where it came from.

In a Facebook post, she says, “Tanner had been complaining about his gums the last 2 months. He had an appointment to get his teeth and gums checked in February. The infection is from his gums.”

His mother says his liver is responding to the antibiotics and his heart has “stayed steady” for the past 12 hours.

Hall, her husband and Tanner are all owners of Woody’s Brick Oven Pizza on 34th street and now they cannot work, but manager and friend of Tanner, Jen Alanis, is helping to hold down the fort and thinking about the family as she works.

On Wednesday, Tanner is being flown to a Baylor University Heart Hospital in Plano, where Hall says he will eventually have heart surgery after Tanner combats the infection in his blood. Hall says Tanner will also need kidney, liver, and eye surgery among others.

A GoFundMe and a Facebook fundraiser have been set up to raise funds for the family as they make long trips and pay other personal bills under the circumstances.

The family has provided this update Wednesday morning:

Tanner’s surgery for this morning has been canceled. Baylor hospital is gonna take his procedure. As soon as a room opens he will be flown out.

#1 good thing THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THE BUG AND WHERE IT CAME ❤❤❤❤

Tanner had been complaining about his gums the last 2 months. He had an appointment to get his teeth and gums checked in February. The infection is from his gums.

#2 His liver is responding to the antibiotics and is showing normal numbers again.

#3 His heart has stayed steady for the past 12 hours. No huge waves like before. He would have a 35 bpm to 188 bpm all within 30 seconds. That has now stopped.

He will still have to have the surgery for the heart valves and the vein part.

But now they know the bug and will go after it aggressively.

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