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 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 remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit.
In a press statement issued by the town this week, residents were informed that any e-mails to the family should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The family is also requesting that cards or letters be sent to the Town Offices to be forwarded.
Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said that just in the past few days they have already begun to receive well-wishes for Shimansky and his 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."
Calabrigo added that he has heard from the family and they said they've begun receiving e-mails offering their hopes for a speedy recovery.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.