Tim Murphy

First post: Feb 19, 2019 Latest post: May 13, 2019
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On Monday February 11th around 5pm Tim went to the urgent care in Brooklyn Center due to a long term cough, shortness of breath, and chest pains. A chest x-ray was done at the urgent care clinic and the results showed "fuzzy white dots" everywhere on his lungs. With his increased need for oxygen supply and the results of his x-ray the decision was made to send him to the University of Minnesota Hospital via ambulance. Upon arrival to the emergency room they performed a CT scan which confirmed that there were mass amounts of "white fuzzy dots" everywhere. The ER doctor informed us that these are very unusual findings and rare to see so Tim was admitted upstairs to the hospital for further investigation.

On Thursday February 14th he was scheduled for a low risk procedure called a bronchoscopy and a biopsy. Their first attempt was a fail due to Tim requiring an excessive amount of oxygen. A few hours later they presented us with the option to do the bronchoscopy with a breathing tube to help with the oxygen need. At 3:00pm Tim agreed to do the procedure as it would give him some answers as to why he has been experiencing a heavy cough and chest pains for over 6 months. The procedure only took about 45 minutes, however after the procedure was done Tim was in critical need for oxygen and the decision was made to keep him on the breathing tube (ventilator) to help provide him with the most oxygen needed.  

On Saturday February 16th (Tim's Birthday) around 4:00pm the doctor's informed family that Tim was declining and he was declining at a fast rate. They started him on a steroid IV drip to help with the inflammation  of his lungs. Family was all together at the time and provided several prayers to him and asked for healing hands. 

On Sunday February 17th early morning around 3:00am the decision was made to put Tim on paralytics which ultimately paralyzes his whole body allowing his body to rest and focus on healing his lungs.

On Monday February 18th the doctors presented to the family that a diagnosis has still yet to be made and the option to do exploratory surgery is needed in the future to retrieve another biopsy to give the doctors a different view to inspect why his lungs are failing him. In Tim's current condition it was decided that he is not stable enough to perform this surgery and they will reassess him later on as time goes on.

We have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical bills and having to miss work as well as having multiple other expenses. I have attached a link that will direct you to the page to help support Tim in a very crucial time in his and his families life.


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