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Jan 24, 2018
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On Jan 25 he went into the hospital to have an aortic anuerysm repaired...the dr had done this procedure hundreds of times and was very confident that he could successfully repair it...the plan was to go through the groin area with a catheter and put in a stint...during the procedure his aorta started to dissect...the dr said he had never had this happen to a patient before...he said they were able to place the stint and repair the dissection...within hrs Nat was out of recovery and in ICU...they placed a drain in his spine during the operation to prevent paralysis...we were able to see him within an hr and found he was in terrible pain...complaining of sharp stabbing pain in his upper left shoulder...they eventually seemed to find the right dosage of pain meds and he seemed to be comfortable when we left him that day...within 48 hrs he was on a ventilator and sedated...everything that possibly could go wrong was happening...he had blood clots in his lungs...his kidneys weren't working...he could not maintain his blood pressure on his own...the paralysis started within days also..started in his feet and moved upward...at one point his eyes were affected...he now can move his eyes and can can move his head slightly...approximately 3'weeks ago they removed the vent that was down his throat and did a tracheotomy and attached the vent to it...he also has a feeding tube .