• Paul Beaty/AP
  • David Fagus

About a year ago, David Fagus’s life was a blur of activity. He’d just started a new job with the county, and he was running for reelection as Democratic committeeman of the 49th Ward.

“I was on the go all the time,” he says.

And then it came to a crashing halt.

“I got this infection,” he says. “I didn’t think much of it. But it got worse.”

Eventually, he went to the emergency room and discovered that his kidney was failing. It’s been hell ever since.