Danville councilman Mike Shimansky's condition stablizing

Legs amputated below knees after seek to stop spread of bacterial meningitis

Friends and family of Danville Town Councilman Mike Shimansky continue to wait for a change in the stricken man's condition. He remains in a San Diego hospital in a drug-induced coma while doctors treat him for bacterial meningitis.

Shimansky, 65, fell ill Aug. 17 while visiting his children and grandchildren. Doctors fought to stabilize his condition and at one point were forced to amputate the councilman's feet up to below the knees due to infection.

As of Thursday, he remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

In a press statement issued by the town, residents were informed that any e-mails to the family should be sent to The family is also requesting that cards or letters be sent to the Town of Danville, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526, where they will be forwarded to the Shimansky family.

"We will be forwarding those down," Calabrigo said. "We are fully expecting to keep receiving more as word gets out on (Shimansky's) condition."

Doctors are treating the meningitis as well as secondary conditions that have been brought about by the bacterial infection.

Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, is caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial Meningitis is considered to be the more severe version of the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms include high fever, headache and vomiting.

A member of the Town Council for 20 years, Shimansky has been mayor three times. He resides in Danville with his wife Sue and daughter Cyndi.

Danville Councilwoman Karen Stepper said she is hopeful that Shimansky will be able to make a good recovery from the illness. She said that the pair has a long history together, even before they were on the council.

"We go back a long way. Mike and my husband coached his daughter Cyndi and my daughter Shannon in soccer back when they were 7 years old," she recalled. She added, "Our prayers are with them. We're hoping as he wakes up he gets stronger."

Another colleague, Councilwoman Candace Andersen, said she holds out high hopes for Shimansky's recovery.

"Mike is someone who is so strong in spirit and energy that we hope he'll make a very strong recovery," she said.

Town officials have asked that well wishers direct any e-mails to Get well cards may be sent to Mike in care of the Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526. Cards will be forwarded on to the Shimansky family.

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Posted by Bonnie
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2009 at 10:33 am

San Diego ?? Bacterial Meningitis?? Amputation while on vacation ?
How tragic ! I've never heard of such a thing.....better stay away from the border....ooh, that's right we IMport those diseases now, don't a long list of others we 'conquered' here, decades ago!

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

Bonnie, meningitis can happen anywhere. It's not safe to assume that just because we live in the United States that a disease can't come here. Even without humans, bacterias and viruses can still plague the U.S.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

You can count of many more diseases being uncovered in Plutonia because lots of people spread disease...especially kids. Wait until the pig flu strikes FULL ON this winter!

Tip of the day: don't send your kids to school until a safe pig flu vaccine has been developed that doesn't kill you. Problem!

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Our prayers go out to Mr. Shimansky and his family. Something similar to this happened to me a few years back while in Vermont, but fortunately, not with the same terrible results. He CAN recover, with good medical care, and we pray that he does.

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