Man dies of severe arthritis, doctors say
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A man in his 70s who suffered from severe arthritis and chronic pain has died of his illness, his family said Friday.
The man, who was in his early 60s, was in critical condition Friday in Dartmouth General Hospital, said his son, Michael Stebbins.
The family said the man was in the hospital for more than a year and had suffered a range of conditions.
The son said he first thought his father was going to die but that’s not what happened.
He said the father had a very serious form of arthritis and the pain was debilitating.
He and his wife have a 2-year-old son and a 9-year old daughter.
Michael said his father’s health deteriorated over time and he suffered a number of health problems, including arthritis and pneumonia.
“We are devastated,” he said.
“He had to spend time in a wheelchair, which was very challenging, and he had a lot of medical issues.”
Michael said he believes his father died of natural causes and said doctors believe his condition is linked to a variety of infections.
He said doctors had no reason to suspect that his father had anything to do with the outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the number of new cases of coronavirus has reached record levels.
The CDC has reported that the disease has killed more than 4,500 people in the United States.
The death comes just a day after the CDC announced it has detected nearly 6,000 cases of the coronaviruses in Maine and New Hampshire.