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May 20, 2006

ECMO

Greg is literally on the cutting edge of technology as usual. He's been moved to Boston Children's Hospital ICU (where he is the oldest patient) to be hooked up to a state-of-the-art machine called an ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxegenation) that oxegenates blood and cycles it through his system. He may be on this system for several days, but the longer he stays on it, more risks build up, so they're watching him very carefully.

In addition to the ECMO specialists at Children's he's got the constant care of excellent doctors and nurses including his pulmonary surgical team from the Brigham. It took 12 doctors and nurses to move him from one ICU to the other... good thing the buildings are connected. To be safe, they currently have him intebated, sedated and physically paralyzed with medication.

They're still not sure why his system is having such trouble, but at this point, they're treating everything they can in hopes to get him fixed up again. This could be a reaction to the blood transfusion, or rejection, or something else... they're just not certain.

Music can be an amazing healer, so Greg's dad went back home this morning to get Greg's iPod, so he can listen while his body is so deeply under. He's in tough shape, so please continue to send your prayers to him and also to his family who are doing as well as they can be in the circumstances.

Posted by emily at May 20, 2006 01:01 PM

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Sounds like you're having a very hard time, but I'll be thinking of ya.

Posted by: anotheranon [LiveJournal user info] at May 20, 2006 03:00 PM

i wish i could come visit this time. :/

this is me, nigh demanding that you get better soon!

please?

*HUG*

Posted by: sirhc_warrior [LiveJournal user info] at May 20, 2006 04:16 PM

Greg hang in there buddy! I am sending lots of love and energy from austin.

Posted by: jessicasystem [LiveJournal user info] at May 20, 2006 08:25 PM

gregory, we're all pulling for you -- we look forward to having you back online with us!

Posted by: Squiddhartha [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 21, 2006 07:01 PM

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