Dearborn doctor died of complications from COVID-19


This obituary is part of “We Will Remember”, a series about those we have lost due to the coronavirus.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Michael S. Litynski assisted his patients in his practice, the Chiropractic Life Center in Dearborn, before embarking on a new career by designing the Disk Doctor, a front office management program for medical professionals. doctors.

Litynski, 77, of Taylor, died on September 18 after nearly a month of battle with COVID-19 at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn.

He grew up in Dearborn, where he graduated from Fordson High School, then enlisted in the US Navy Reserve before graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.

The Disc Doctor was his love, according to his daughter Emily Marchetti.

“In 1982 my father bought his first computer, a TRS 80 from RadioShack. He taught programming on his own and created his own front office management program for chiropractors called the Disc Doctor,” Marchetti said.

“It has extended the Disc Doctor to also include an electronic travel card which is used for chiropractic electronic health records. “

Litynski, who has spent countless hours on the computer, has also purchased second-hand computer equipment to refurbish and repair customers’ computers, according to Marchetti.

Litynski showing off his latest catch after fishing on Lake Erie.

Litynski, a Michigan football fan, enjoyed going to the casino, feasting on crab legs and sushi, listening to polka, fishing on Lake Erie, and watching Gene Hackman movies. He would use whatever means necessary to win a match against his grandchildren, whom he loved very much.

Litynski had a unique sense of humor and was the king of the dramatic break, according to Marchetti. “He loved to tell anyone who wanted to listen to stories about his rowdy youth,” she said.

“My dad started to feel bad at the casino,” Marchetti said. The next day he went to his doctor and had a COVID-19 test because he felt much worse, had trouble breathing and was coughing a lot.

Michael S. Litynski with his granddaughter, Emma Marchetti

Throughout the week, Litynski’s symptoms progressed rapidly, and by the end of the week he learned he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Beaumont Hospital, Taylor.

As his condition deteriorated, he was transferred to Dearborn Hospital.

“He had developed pneumonia and his breathing was so difficult that he couldn’t talk on the phone and didn’t want to eat,” Marchetti said.

Because visitors were not allowed to visit COVID-19 patients at the time, a nurse called ahead to tell Marchetti that Litynski was going to call and that he had a list of things he had to tell him.

“I sat there on the phone with him listening to him say his last wishes to me through labored breaths,” Marchetti said. “I couldn’t tell him how much I loved him … how much I missed him … I just had to sit quiet and listen because I knew how hard it was for him to just try to talk. It was the last time I heard my father’s voice. ”

On September 16, Marchetti received a call from Litynski’s nurse saying he wanted to be put on a ventilator because he could no longer fight.

On September 18, Marchetti was allowed to see her father. As his condition rapidly deteriorated and his organs began to shut down, the hospital requested permission to remove him from the ventilator.

“He was everything to me, and I feel lost without him,” Marchetti said. “Whenever you asked my dad how he was, he would always say, ‘I’m close to perfect. “Well, the life of everyone who knew Dr. Michael Litynski is ‘near perfect’ just for knowing him.

Litynski is survived by his daughters, Emily Marchetti and Kelly Litynski (Brad Williamson); grandchildren Emma, ​​Mali and Max; siblings Mary Ann McBee (Jerry Goodridge), Jerry (Satoko) Litynski and Dr Frederick R. (Patricia) Wright; nieces, nephews and many friends, patients and clients.

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Brendel Hightower is associate editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at [email protected]


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