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Aug 11, 2018 Latest post:
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Gino's battle began on the evening of July 29th when he started having a really hard time breathing and got pretty sick. The following day he was rushed to Hastings hospital and then up to United. They discovered he had blood clots and fluid in his lungs, low blood pressure, and a pretty severe heart murmur which was due to a failed heart valve (his mitral valve). The following day his health deteriorated. He was in pain and very agitated so they put him on meds to knock him out. On top of this his kidneys started to fail, he was getting adrenline to keep his blood pressure up, valium to keep his agitation down, and his body was working extremely hard to compensate for everything going on. All of this, along with a heavier sedative added on, ultimately contributed to a cardiac arrest. Gino was without a pulse for a duration of about 8 minutes. The United staff did an amazing job of performing CPR, getting him incubated, and whatever else was happening in that whrilwind to ultimately get him revived. Due to the shock of the arrest Gino's kidneys and liver completely shutdown. He also is suffering from encephalopathy which is a general term but basically means his brain is malfunctioning. All of these thing we are told may be reversible. The cardiologist believes that the initiating event of this whole thing is the failed heart valve. They do not think this is something that happened over time but rather happened recently (possibly on the 29th). This valve will need to be surgically repaired but we need to wait until Gino's health is better.
Since then Pops has had good days where he has improved and been responsive and bad days where he has backslid and been unresponsive. Otherwise we are pretty much in the same spot. We are waiting for his organs to start working and health to turn around. Once that is done we can tackle the open heart surgery and move on to our ultimate goal of complete recovery. Please keep Gino in your thoughts and prayers!