Feb 2: Ross was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis in 2016. He has been fighting a respiratory infection or something since November 2017. He's now currently in ICU at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. On Feb 1, he went to the ER at Methodist thinking he was having a heart attack. There he was admitted, and they put him on a ventilator. He has a significant amount of fluid in the lungs. His heart is only pumping at 15% of normal. At Methodist the doctors decided that they did not have enough support just in case things deteriorated, so he was moved to Abbott Northwestern so he could get ECMO (a machine that works as heart and lungs). He currently has heart failure. The doctors are determining whether it is likely to be long term or short term. Currently, he has a great team here that is working hard to figure out what is causing the problem. But it's a long road from here. Right now the doctors are limiting visitors, but will update when he can be visited. We are so thankful for the support we've received and continue to receive from our amazing friends and family. Please use this site for information and ways to help if interested.
Jun 19: Ross had a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted on February 9th. It is taking the load off his heart in the hope that in time it might recover. That could be a year out. He also had a temporary RVAD attached at the same time to help provide oxygen to his system while his lungs healed. That has since been removed. His lungs were doing OK but it has been up and down whether he could be on room air or need some oxygen to maintain adequate saturation levels. At this point he has congestive heart failure and kidney failure. If they do not come back then he will need a transplant of either/both. His physical recovery has been slowed due to his need for steroids to treat the Wegener's. They interfere with large muscle restoration. He is slowly gaining strength and is able to stand a few times a day for a few seconds at a time. He is also on a feeding tube (JG) as his swallow is still not safe enough.