Dear family, friends and loved ones, Randy was born with a congenital defect called Marfans syndrome. It affects his connective tissue, which has critical risk to the arteries and aorta. Randy was scheduled for aortic replacement after a recent scan of his aorta showed enlargement and multiple aneurisms (thinning/weakening of the aortic wall). The carotid arteries were also damaged and needed repair, which increased the risks of the surgery. The Cardiothoracic Surgeon replaced the upper arch of the descending aorta with an artificial, Dacron mesh, on Tuesday, May 24. He also grafted this material onto the lower part of the carotid arteries. Because of this, the risk for stroke was increased and unfortunately, Randy suffered a right-hemispheric stoke after the surgery. As he came out of the anesthesia, he was unresponsive on his left side. Right now he is in critical condition, with swelling on the brain and a long road to recovery. We appreciate your continued prayers and support.
Due to the severity of the situation, I will be updating on this site so that you can stay informed and I can stay focused on Randy's recovery. Any contributions made on this site go to Caring Bridge, not Randy. Donations are not required to use this site.