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7/25/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Saturday night, July 22, 2017: Manny had just gone to bed, earlier than normal. Some time later, Roxanne heard him gasping for breath, and woke up to find Manny not breathing or responding to her calls. Roxanne called out to Paige and had Paige call 911, and she gave Manny CPR with 911 on the line. The ambulance arrived quickly and applied the AED. Manny was rushed to Upper Chesapeake's emergency room. The immediate diagnosis was Myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart that can cause acute heart failure. He was not breathing on his own, and was intubated with a breathing tube.
Sunday, July 23, 2017: At 2:00 AM EST, Manny was put into a medically-induced coma in order to preserve brain function.
Monday, July 24, 2017: At 2:00 AM, Manny's body temperature was increased to normal, and he was monitored to see if he would regain consciousness. When the nurse checked on him at 8 AM, she observed arm movement Paige called out his name, and he opened his eyes and responded to her voice. He then saw all the wires attached to him and started yanking away at them. He is now under increased sedation for his safety.
11:00 PM: Manny's coloring is back to normal, all vitals look good. He is responding to physical stimulus, and he is breathing more on his own. Tomorrow morning, the doctors will decrease sedation, and continue to monitor independent breathing function. Tests to come include more heart function and neural assessments. Manny is a fighter, and while he's got a long haul ahead of him, he's made it through the last two nights and will keep fighting, we are sure of it!
Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. Roxanne and the entire Alban family are grateful for your concern and friendship. Please follow this page for updates on Manny's recovery. Because he is in ICU, we ask that you do not send flowers or call. We will let you know when he is out of ICU and can receive visitors. Please continue to pray for his steady recovery.