December 15 According to US media AP, a senior White House official contracted the novel coronavirus in September this year and is recovering after three months of hospitalization.
However, he lost his right foot and calf in the fight against the virus, and his friends have launched a fundraiser online, saying that his family is responsible for the amazing medical expenses.
The official is White House Security Office Director Creed Bailey, the most ill of the dozens of people known to have been infected with the coronavirus at the White House, Bloomberg reported.
Bailey’s family asked the White House not to disclose his illness, which Trump never mentioned, but Bailey’s friends revealed the news and raised more than $30,000 for his recovery on a fund-raising website.
Dawn McRobbie, who organized the Bailey fundraiser, wrote on December 7: “Cred Bailey has overcome COVID-19 but paid a huge price: his left big toe, right foot and calve have to be amputated. He is now in the rehabilitation center and will install prosthetics in the next few months.”
When McRobbie created the crowdfunding account on November 13, he said: “His (Bailey’s) family bears amazing medical expenses because he has been in the hospital for more than two months and the cost of the intensive care unit is still being calculated.
Before returning home, he still has a long way to go to the rehabilitation center. When he can return home, he will face major changes to deal with his new and permanent disability.
Two people familiar with Bailey confirmed that McCrobbie was a friend of Bailey. They asked not to reveal his identity, because Bailey’s family had been trying to keep his illness secret. At present, a White House spokesman declined to comment on the matter.
U.S. media pointed out that Bailey’s office is responsible for processing pass-through permits to enter the White House complex and cooperates closely with the U.S. Secret Service on security measures.