A GoFundMe page has been launched for a Bayonne resident who improbably suffered a stroke after a bad case of the flu late last year and is still fighting for his life.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Hello, my name is Michael and I am trying to help raise money for Masamitsu Umeki. He is a close friend of mine that is currently fighting for his life in the ICU. At 5 AM, December 28, he was found by his younger brother unresponsive in bed with trouble breathing. He was brought to our local hospital and was shortly moved to another hospital a city away after discovering that they were unequipped to treat him,” Michael Malich wrote in the GoFundMe page description.
“At this hospital, they determined that he had a hemorrhagic stroke secondary to severe hypertension caused by the flu. During his seizure, he choked on mucus and saliva, causing him to develop pneumonia, which can be life-threatening when combined with his hemorrhagic stroke. The hospital had been frantically trying to stabilize his condition.”
The long description refers to Umeki as a sociable, funny, and kind person that was dealt an inconceivably bad hand.
“He is a beacon of light that radiates positivity and warmth for many who know him,” the page also says.
The page, which was created on January 5th, has received 121 donations for $5,626 and has set a goal of $100,000.
Umeki graduated from Bayonne High School in 2017 and then earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Astrophysics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2021, according to his LinkedIn page.