My dear son Matthew is still very ill and not out of danger but the breathing tube from the ventilator/respirator (part of the Life Support System) has been removed and he is now able to breathe on his own with the help of oxygen and an oxygen infusion which is given three hourly to help his lungs which are very congested - also physiotherapy. He is still receiving dialysis as his kidneys are not functioning properly, IV antibiotics for the infection, pain meds, fluids, liquid food through a tube and other IV medications to keep him alive. Though he is conscious his communication is very confused which is a concern but understandable given the circumstances and I hope in time his brain function will return to normal.
This all began with a hole in his colon which was diseased and infected, the colon bursting allowing the toxic contents to spill into his abdominal cavity thus causing sepsis which invaded his body then causing multiple organ failure. He underwent emergency surgery but there were complications. This affected all major organs, his blood pressure dropped dangerously low, he developed severe tachycardia and was in a coma for almost two weeks. The diseased part of his bowel was removed with a colostomy operation and he now has a stoma which I hope is only temporary for he has been through enough. We just take each day as it comes and hope that there is some improvement as I want my beautiful son back home with me, his family and friends.
Sincerely, your friend Dianne.
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