Nov 21, 2019 Latest post:
Jan 20, 2020
A few weeks ago Rob was in a competition when he felt something strained in his chest. Thinking it was a muscle strain he tended to it and rested. After the a few days his health began to decline. He went to see a doctor and was given some antibiotics to help with what they felt was an infection in his lungs. Rob began to feel better. A few days later his breathing again began to get more difficult so he decided to rest and drink lots of fluids. 2 days later Rob was barely able to walk up and down the stairs in his house and was brought back into the medical clinic where he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to serious complications. He was transferred to the premiere hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 30 minutes upon arrival Rob crashed. The medics performed CPR for 5 minutes before they were able to revive him however, his vitals were weak and his lab results were indicating organ failure. They found blockage in one of his arteries and a hole in his heart that required open heart surgery. Not having the correct equipment or trained staff to be able to adequately treat all of these challenges they airlifted Rob to Bangkok Hospital where they were able to stabilize his condition. They began kidney dialysis and ECMO to help with the organ failure as they determined that he was too weak to perform the invasive open heart surgery. They plan to wait 10-12 days to allow his organs to recover and the soft tissue around the hole in his heart to become more fibrous before attempting the open heart surgery.
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Thank you all for your love, support, thoughts, and prayers as they go through this difficult and trying time! May God be glorified in all of this!