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On Friday, May 28th, Regan suffered a bleeding stroke caused by high blood pressure. He had emergency surgery where he had a 10cm x 7cm hematoma removed.
Post Op Summary by Dr. Lall: Regan had blood outside the brain, a hematoma, which irritated the tissue and caused swelling. The swollen brain doesn't have room because the skull is a fixed box and only has room for what is normally inside the skull. The hematoma caused pressure and pushed a part of the brain into a deeper cavity down closer to the neck and caused severe damage and most likely a stroke in the brainstem. The brainstem is the most critical center of life, it's the command center for speech, walking, talking, breathing, etc. Any damage to the brainstem leaves you without neurologic function. The pre-surgery exam showed no brainstem activity. Surgery went well, the hematoma was removed and the pressure was alleviated.
Regan is in the ICU in a coma and since he suffered a major hemorrhage, he needs to rest. The ICU only allows one primary visitor, Libby, and she is able to be with Regan from 8:00am - 8:30pm.