Joseph hoped that, if he didn’t survive the infection, this source of income would be a lasting gift to his family.
On a warm summer day in 2002, in Charlevoix, Michigan, Richard Joseph’s bad luck began.
The lawyer, husband, and father of two was walking across the driveway with a bag of garbage when his bare foot slipped in a puddle of water that had collected beneath his car’s air conditioner. While nothing was broken, the blow prevented blood from reaching his spinal cord.
"I told him what had happened to me, and he said, ‘gee... I know what you’re going through, and I will help you out.’" Martino couldn’t talk him into anything straight away, so he began calling regularly, often just to chat.
It was while this was going on that Joseph contracted MRSA, a multidrug-resistant infection he wasn’t expected to survive. Because I knew him well enough I told him what hospital I was in.