A Decatur man is trying to find a way to get more time to spend with his sick wife.
Hannah Rinehart, 32, has spent more than a month fighting a rare bacterial infection she may have contracted from her dog’s saliva. The bacteria triggered septic shock in her system, and doctors were forced to amputate her hands and feet.
Rinehart’s husband, Mark, is a teacher in Gwinnett County and has limited vacation days. He has 60 days leave, but his wife is facing a long road to recovery.
"She's definitely got a fight in her that I can't even begin to describe," Mark Rinehart told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.
He launched the website HannahRinehart.org for others to track his wife’s progress and offer ways to help, but he also wants to be by his wife’s side as she recovers.
"I want to make sure that there's a way to support Hannah with all the needs she may have in the foreseeable future," Mark Rinehart said.
Other teachers at his school have stepped up to donate some of their vacation time, but they were told it’s against state law. Rinehart's brother-in-law sent a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal asking for help with the case.
A spokesperson for gwinnettcounty schools said it's the state law that prohibits them from allowing teachers to transfer their vacation time between each other.
The district said human resources is trying to see what they can do to try and help Rinehart in the situation.
The next step for Hannah Rinehart is for doctors to work on strengthening her lungs before rehab.