Dying a third time. 2017. A fifth of a pint of blood, a tenth of a litre, removed from the left half of my brain. Prague hospital this time. Excellent treatment. Six lives left.
Ivor dying again, second time! Brain surgery Right half. Sept. 2014
22.8.2018 [re 2007]
Below, re 2007
8 months in hospital, 3 months in intensive care. Total experience from 7 October 2007 to 6 March 2009 and beyond.;
3 March 2009.Below is a summary, but with the addition that yesterday the rest of the stent (metal tube) was removed from my oesophagus (gullet). I have pain, and will eat (actually only drink) gently for a day or two. Then the wonderful vista of normal eating should open up for me, something I have missed for 17 months, since disaster struck.
6 March. First real meal (for 17 months) at Mr. Wu, one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, between Leicester Square and the National Portrait Gallery. A very emotional experience. 11 March; Now I was able to eat properly, we went on a Nile Cruise (our third) for a week on 11 March. Wonderful, with wonderful food on the boat.
The disaster starts.
The ambulance took Ivor into hospital for an eight month stay on 7/10/07.
Hospital notes for 9/10/07;
Sept. 2016. I asked a doctor what “multiple organ failure” meant. She replied; “It means you’re dead.” So I must have been extremely dead. – IC a decade later.
8/11/07 " .... Metal stent seen in distal oesophagus. Not covering all of perforation. .... " signed Jonathan Nolan.
19/11/07 13.30 "Oesophageal rupture,partially stented. .... "
20/11/07 "Rest of oesophageal rupture trented yesterday."
Generally, Google on the www showed up documents which said that if treatment was delayed more than 48 hours it was usually fatal. I cannot now find those documents. Search for "oesophagus + rupture". Today I discovered that the stent put in after 3 weeks only partially dealt with the tear. I was re-stented 4 weeks later, 7 weeks after the original disaster.
3 months later.
20 or 21/1/08
The exact cause of sudden deterioration is unknown.
He was at very high risk of major setback.
Currently on very high o2 & cardiovascular support.
The chances of recovery from this episode are almost nil.
He is likely to die tonight.
We will not attempt resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest.
They understood and agreed.
Informed Mr Catt's daughter Mrs. Lowe on phone and explained as above.
She will come in tomorrow am.
D/W wife. [Discussion with wife.]
Explained CT findings & improvement since the weekend. This has been a very serious setback & there are the ongiong problems of thoracic collections that are not yet resolved. I have explained that inotropes are not to be restarted. [signed] SOSKIN
We have been seeing this man daily and he is not improving. The past few days he has had a temperature .
I began eating from the mouth around May 2008 (previously receiving food and liquid by tube to the stomach). We now know that a constriction kept appearing above the stent, leading to vomiting and inability to eat normally. In time this led to Livingstone deciding to remove the stent. The process of removal took about ten sessions lasting for five months from September 2008 to March 2009. During that time there was a session involving cutting away at the stent (with the laser cutter) every two weeks, ending on 2 March 2009.
Between 29 September 2008 and 30 March 2009, I was put to sleep ("sedated") eleven times, while the stent was cut away.
On Monday 2 March 2009 Livingstone took out the remaining part of the
stent (titanium and plastic) in my oesophagus (food tube). At that time he
told me he had never taken one out before, that they were not designed for
removal. I then had pain for four days. On Friday 6 May Liba
and I went to our favorite Thai restaurant in Hemel
Hempstead, and I had my first proper meal for 18 months. It was wonderful. We
were now free to travel.
Letter from Raymond Hurt, Lung and Oesophageal Surgeon.
17 June 09
I enjoyed meeting you at the Art Society exhibition. You were a very lucky person to have survived this catastrophe. The mortality rate, unless treated early, is very high.
I enclose a photostat on ruptured oesophagus [pp335-340 of his own book "The History of Cardiothoracic Surgery"] and a flyer of a book on the history of thoracis surgery that I wrote in 1996 which may be of interest to you.
Best wishes, Raymond Hurt
P.S. I also enclose a flier of [my] biography of George Guthrie.
November 2014 Perhaps the problem
is over, after 7 years!
It has stayed open with no stent for 25 days.
Without a stent for 6 or 12 months. Then; September 2016