Councilman's condition still stable

Community sends cards, e-mails to Shimansky family

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 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.


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Posted by Barb
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:33 am

Mike is one of the friendliest, nicest guys I know. I just returned home after a two week get away and this news is very upsetting. His family should know we are all rooting for him. Our town will do anything we can to make his transition a comforting one. He is one of us and we will not let him down after all he has done to help foster and grow such a wonderful place to live.

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