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I am writing to let you know that my mom is in the hospital in Des Moines. She remains in the ICU.
Sylvia was in Des Moines visiting her Aunt Helen who lives here on her way home to Wisconsin. She travelled to Texas in January to spend some time with Ryan and his family and to get out of the Wisconsin winter weather.
On the evening of Wednesday, February 28th, Helen drove Sylvia to the ER. Sylvia had been complaining of belly pain starting on the previous Saturday evening. After tests including a CT scan, Sylvia went into surgery for what the doctors suspected was a bowel obstruction. The doctors anticipated the surgery would last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, the doctors found that Sylvia's condition was quite severe, and her surgery lasted over three hours. The doctors removed a 12" section of her colon which had perforated and entangled with mesh from a former hernia repair, and a significant amount of her bowel contents had emptied into her abdominal cavity. Sylvia experienced severe septic shock, and remained on a ventilator until the following Sunday morning.
Sylvia's doctors are doing everything they can to help her heal. She is fighting hard, and she has her family with her now for support.