A top White House security employee who contracted the coronavirus has lost his right foot and lower leg in his three-month battle against the deadly bug, according to a report.
Crede Bailey, who is in charge of the White House security office, was the most severely ill among dozens of coronavirus cases known to be connected to the White House, Bloomberg News reported.
He contracted the virus before the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event where President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, sources have told the outlet.
Bailey’s family has asked the White House not to publicize his condition, and President Trump has never publicly acknowledged his diagnosis, Bloomberg reported.
“Crede beat COVID-19 but it came at a significant cost: his big toe on his left foot as well as his right foot and lower leg had to be amputated,” Dawn McCrobie, who organized a GoFundMe campaign for Bailey, wrote last week.
The White House declined to say whether the president has contributed to the effort, which has raised more than $30,000 for Bailey’s rehab, according to the report.
Bailey, who is recovering at a rehab center, will be fitted for a prosthetic leg in the coming months, McCrobie wrote.
“His family has staggering medical bills from a hospital stay of 2+ months and still counting in the ICU and a long road ahead in rehab before he can go home,” McCrobie wrote Nov. 13.
“When he does make it home there will be major changes necessary to deal with his new, and permanent, disability,” she added.
Two people familiar with Bailey’s situation confirmed that McCrobie is a friend. They asked not to be named because Bailey’s family has tried to keep his condition private.
Experts are still learning about the extent to which the COVID-19 can damage the body, but loss of blood flow is one possible result. The bug is known to attack the vascular system and can cause blood clots, Bloomberg noted.
McCrobie did not respond to messages and the White House declined to comment to Bloomberg News, which said its efforts to reach Bailey and members of his family have been unsuccessful.
Bailey is in charge of credentialing visitors to the White House, and he also works closely on the grounds with the Secret Service.
On Dec. 7, McCrobie wrote that Bailey “is blown away by your generosity.”
“His house will need to be renovated to accommodate his disability; ramps to get in/out of the house, the bathroom shower will have to be modified, handrails will have to be installed, etc. etc.,” she wrote.
He’ll also require a vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair and that can be modified so the gas pedal can be operated with Bailey’s left leg, she added.
“I could go on and on but you get the picture — there are a lot of adjustments ahead!”