Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kent in ICU at Memorial Hermann

Kent has experienced terrible headaches since January 1 and had a very bad day yesterday. Today, as he was getting ready for work, he became extremely weak and wasn't very responsive. Mary called for help and Toni & Ray brought him to Memorial Hermann Emergency Room to meet Ed & Hope.

Hope is a genetic research physician & professor at Memorial Hermann/UT Health Science Center and cleared the way for a quick response and treatment. After 3 hours, here is what we know:
  • Kent has a subdural hematoma (brain bleed), likely at the site of the biopsy
  • There is a 2cm blood clot that is creating pressure on his brain/spinal column and must be removed
  • There is a possible infection at the biopsy site, but this is unconfirmed
He is in the ICU, on oxygen, and is doing well. If he remains stable, the neuro team will perform surgery tomorrow (do not have time yet) to remove the blood clot.

Mary, Toni & Ed will be sending information out to me (Nan) and I will post updates as soon as I have them. Some of you are already followers and will receive an email with any updated information - you can access the blog at any time.

This is a scary development, but Kent is in good hands - under the care of the professionals at Memorial Hermann and always under God's watchful eyes.

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