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Newsfront - August 28, 2009

Councilman hospitalized with meningitis

Mike Shimansky still in intensive care after nine days

by Geoff Gillette

Long time Danville Town Council member Mike Shimansky was listed in serious condition Tuesday in a San Diego hospital, where he is being treated for bacterial meningitis.

Shimansky, 65, was in San Diego on Aug. 17 visiting with his son, daughter and grandchildren when he exhibited flu-like symptoms. He was hospitalized later that day and has since been in the ICU in a drug-induced coma since his admission.

Doctors are treating the meningitis as well as secondary conditions that have been brought about by the bacterial infection. One of the secondary conditions caused Shimansky to undergo surgery last Friday for the amputation of his feet.

According to a statement issued by the Town of Danville, Shimansky's condition has stabilized, but he has yet to regain consciousness.

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 town with his wife Sue and daughter Cyndi.

Fellow council member 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 94526. Cards will be forwarded on to the Shimansky family.


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