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Dad Update: Mum's latest email

This is the latest from Mum:

He had sudden severe pain while playing in a bowls tournament on Sunday afternoon. Told them to get a replacement for him and he went into the clubhouse. Fortunately, he decided it was pretty serious so asked them to call an ambulance. He was transported to Caloundra hospital instead of Nambour [about 40 minutes closer to Brisbane]. They did an ultrasound and found that he had a ruptured aorta [yeah! panic]. It is called AAA [Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm]. 50% of the people who have this thing burst die! So he is one very lucky fellow. The aorta is the biggest and main supply of blood to the whole body so the internal bleeding and loss of blood flow to organs is critical. Anyway, they arranged ambulance transfer [yes, flashing lights and sirens all the way down, 1 ¼ hours]. He was transferred from Emergency straight into surgery as soon as they wheeled him in the door. The anaesthetist arrived in sweat pants and joggers from a run and the Vascular surgeon arrived in a dinner suit. He was on the table for almost 4 hours. they remove the damaged section about 5 inches of it and replace it was a plastic man made tube about the size of a garden hose. They will still be watching for damage to organs etc as blood loss and cut off blood flow is dangerous. He is still not breathing for himself but all other signs look good. Anyway, he is in good hands.

I will be travelling back to Brisbane this afternoon with my own car. So will stay down there until they let me bring him home. I will keep you all informed but things are looking fairly positive at this time.

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neko_seraph
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Bloody hell, that's scary. I'm so glad your dad is such a lucky guy!

Take care of yourself - ESPECIALLY on the drive - and my thoughts are with you and your family.
greenglowgrrl
Nov. 4th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Good news indeed. Hoping to hear they are both home and settled soon.
ingysledge
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm really pleased things are looking good.
Many hugs.
crystal_storm
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Isn't science marvelous!
fireflyfaery
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
*hugs, love, and good thoughts*

I'm so glad that turned out all right ... once you mentioned aorta, I was really worried ...
draquin
Nov. 4th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Well done, Random's dad!
AAAs are notoriously hard to survive.
I'm glad he's doing well, sweetie.
(((hugs)))
bunnitos
Nov. 4th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
**big big hugs**
fire_wuff
Nov. 5th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
take it easy and take care.... lots of hugs for you when you get back.
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