NEW BRUNSWICK - A 12-year-old boy from Maplewood went from playing baseball one day to fighting for his life the next.
Zach Doubek was playing a doubleheader in June when he began complaining of a headache and severe pain. "I was running around the bases and I couldn't because my leg hurt so much," he says.
By the end of that week, he had a fever and could no longer walk. Doctors diagnosed him with MRSA, an infection that was attacking his bones. It's unclear how he was exposed.
Zach was rushed to Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown. "There was our healthy son on a respirator with a central IV line, with a tube in his stomach," his mother Marnie Doubek says.
After weeks in the ICU and six surgeries on his right leg, the MRSA was gone, but new complications arose. Zach had neuropathic pain in his other leg.
The sixth-grader has spent the last several weeks at the PSE&G Children's Hospital in New Brunswick, where he's going through extensive occupational therapy.
"They work me really hard, but that's because they know I can do it," Zach says. "I really love all of them."
Zach is due to go home at the end of the month.