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Very early on Tuesday morning, March 26th, Norm collapsed at home due to an aneurysm bursting in his brain. Fortunately, Annie, the family dog, alerted Peggy by barking incessantly. When the paramedics responded, they quickly decided to transfer Norm to the small hospital in Port Orange. The doctors stabilized Norm and transferred him to the larger hospital in Daytona Beach.. After assessing the severity of the situation, Norm was transported via helicopter to the premier Shands Neuroscience Hospital, University of Florida. in Gainesville, FL. When Norm was admitted, he was in a coma but moving his arms and legs. His wife Peggy, children Patrick and Lauren, Lori and Michelle are with him at the hospital in Gainesville.
Norm's aneurysm is located deep in the brain near the base of the brain stem. On a scale of 1-5, Norm's aneurysm is a 4. Because of the location, the doctor performed the surgery by reaching the aneurysm through the fermoral artery because traditional surgery was too risky. He was able to reinforce the weaker upper wall of the aneurysm by packing it with coils. He opted not to remove or cutoff blood flow to the aneurysm because of the risk of weakening the artery just below the aneurysm leading to the brain stem. He anticipates placing a stent in the artery leading to the brain stem after Norm has had a chance to heal and stabilize, most likely in ten days to two weeks.
Norm has a long way to go and is still in critical condition. He is still at high risk of stroke and other complications. The current plan is for him to remain in neuro ICU. He will most likely not be conscious for the next several days or weeks. The doctor feels he has a good chance of recovery if he makes it through the next two weeks, however, they are not able to assess the long-term prognosis.
Peggy will remain in Gainesville supported by their children. This will be a long journey and we will continue to provide updates should there be changes in Norm's condition or Peggy's needs. Your love and support is appreciated.
PS - Annie is due a big steak when Peggy goes home!