- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I am hoping some bees have had experience with this or possibly medical experience and can give some insight.
My brother is in the military stationed Japan for the last 10 years. He is 32, has been healthy, etc…
On Friday, he had a tonsillectomy. On Sunday he started to not feel well and went back to the base hospital. After arriving at the hospital he started hemorrhaging blood and went into cardiac arrest. At this time they were not able to intubate him and put in a trach tube. They began the process of cooling down the body to prevent as much brain damage as possible.
The military got us on the next flight to Japan to be with him. I left within 24 hours of being notified.
They retook CT scans this morning and it shows significant damage to the brain, they also attempted to wean him off sedation, but there was no change. This is all 72 hours after the fact.
Tonight we went back to see him and they had him back on sedation because he aspirated blood into his lungs and has developed pneumonia so they are giving him antibiotics and have him sedated so the body can fight that.
This morning his blood pressure was up, about 188/75. Tonight it was much better 120/73. He is also breathing on his own as well as regulating his body temperature on his own, although he has a slight fever 100-101 due to the pneumonia.
Tonight he also had some gasping times where the blood from his lungs was coming out so they were able to suction some more out.
Initially after this his pupils were responsive to light, but at this time they are not. I am wondering if this is all because of the damage or if it is due to sedation as well.
We are now going on 4 days since the cardiac arrest. They have done an EEG and we will get results on that tomorrow.
I am so heartbroken, they were about to move back to the states as he got a new position in the Air Force as an instructor and they are also expecting another baby, his wife is 3 months pregnant. I am trying to stay positive, but I have been in a similar situation with a family member before so I am losing hope except for the fact his body is performing some functions on his own.
I would really appreciated anyone’s experience with this.