Thursday, April 10, 2008

April 8th Complications - airlift to Miami

This is Kathleen's version of what happened the 8th April

On Tuesday morning, the doctors in Cancun informed Mike and Ginger that there had been a complication that occurred overnight. At about 4 a.m., Floyd began complaining that he didn't feel well to the nurse. The doctors investigated and found that a clot in his brain had begun seeping blood into the tissue. (Officially, a right parietal intraparenquimatous hematoma that affected his right lateral ventricle and secondary to the 3th and 4th ventricles, at that time starting to cause hydrocephalus.) They performed a precoronal ventriculostomy to relieve the pressure caused by this internal bleeding. In lameman's terms, they drilled a hole in two places in his skull and attached tubing to let the excess blood to escape to help relieve the pressure in his skull caused by the build up of fluid.

However, this was a serious complication. New CT scans taken at 5 a.m. found that he had developed a significant clot in the center of his brain. After much consultation, it was decided to fly Floyd back to a neurotrauma center in the U.S. and with Mike and Ginger, the doctors there settled on Jackson Hospital in Miami. Floyd was sedated for the flight and put on a medical plane with Mike, Ginger and his attending physician from the hospital in Cancun and taken to Miami. They arrived at approximately 12:15 a.m. 9th April. Kathleen boarded a flight in Tampa at 8 p.m. and met them at the hospital.

At 2:50 a.m., the three checked into the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel. The phone is 305-261-3800. Mike and Kat are in room 515; Ginger is in room 513.