Orlando ballroom dancer loses legs after meningitis case

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Rafael Castellano as he went from a professional dancer in the ballroom to a patient in a hospital bed. As Florida’s health department was monitoring an outbreak of meningitis, a disease that can cause inflammation around the brain and spine, the 32-year-old ended up with a severe case in June that sent him into a coma. “We were told that I was going to die, that I wasn’t going to make it,” Castellano told WESH from his hospital bed this summer. But after nearly three long months in the hospital, Castellano is now home. “I’m thankful for the fact that I’m here. A lot of people don’t make it out of this,” he said. But, Castellano still faces challenges, and because the disease was so bad, the dancer had to have his legs amputated. “My legs are like my instrument,” he said. “But at the same time, I do feel lucky in the sense… that I’m able to spend time with my…

Read more…

Similar Articles

Comments

Most Popular