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Neil R. Matzen passed away December 12, 2009
from Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
Lifes Greatest Passions: Education, Teaching, Coaching, Serving Others, Family, and Raising his 2 sons.
Neil was watching Grant win his football game Thursday night when he lost sight in his left eye. He didn't say a word about it to Mom, went back to ESD after the game for "Meet the Teacher" night and then home. A Ct scan done in the Presby ER showed a detached retina on his left eye, but also found a large mass on the right side of his brain . Friday was spent seeing 2 eye doctors, having an MRI done and seeing neurologist. The mass puzzled the doctors and radiologist. It did not "present" like your "normal" tumor. They're thinking that it is a pool of dried blood or a Amyloid Angiopathy and he was to return in 2 weeks for a follow up MRI and see if there were any changes in it. Saturday morning at 8 am he had surgery for the detached retina. The eye surgery took longer than they thought it would due to some old scarring and & other problems, however it was successful.. Neil was able to go home at 4:30 pm. While at home Saturday night, Linda noticed left side weakness, slurred speech, acting loopy and having the gut feeling that he was having a stroke, called 911. The paramedics confirmed he had a stroke and was rushed to Presbysterian Dallas at 11:30 pm. A CT scan showed the mass was bleeding and the brain was swelling. He had a three hour emergency surgery at 2 am to remove the blood mass and relieve pressure off his brain stem. They removed the mass and stopped the blood leakage. He will be in ICU at Presbyterian Dallas for the rest of the week. If all goes well he will then move to the 8th floor and begin PT. Don't know how long this will be. The eye surgery was done in Arlington and the surgeon who performed the surgery, came in today to check on Neil even though he does not have privileges at Presby. The eye is looking good and He should regain full sight in a of a few weeks. Please feel free to call Linda @ 972-757-3998 or Nelson, 972-757-2105. We appreciate all of the love, care, and phone calls that we have received. We are so blessed to have such loving, caring, friends and family.