[ESIP-all] Status of Rob, II
reiff at rice.edu
Fri Mar 2 20:44:18 EST 2012
Thank you for the update. My prayers are with him and his family. It sounds like they made the difficult but correct decision.
If anyone goes by to visit, they might take along a favorite smell of his... maybe an orange or lemon peel. I understand that the sense of smell is also (besides hearing) a last thing that still can get through into a brain that has been damaged.
My dad (and mom) were both physicians. He always said "we should prolong life but not prolong death".
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On Mar 2, 2012, at 4:38 PM, Armstrong, Edward M (388M) wrote:
> Hello JPL and Earth Science community
> Several of you may have seen a brief update I sent or the facebook wall post on Rob Raskin's status an hour ago. In retrospect I forgot to add some context. Some of this may be familiar to you already.
> 9 days ago, Rob suffered cardiac arrest while on the way to the hospital in an ambulance. Although he was revived and stabilized, he went into a coma and in fact suffered a serious amount of brain damage due to the cardiac arrest. He has remained in the coma ever since he was hospitalized and has needed a respirator to stay alive. Numerous Eeectroencephalography (EEG) brain scans have indicated irreversible damage.
> Therefore, Lisa Steele, Robs sister, after having consulted with hospital doctors and one within her own family over the last several days, has decided that based on quality of life considerations and ultimately Rob's own wishes it would best to remove him from the respirator and any other life support. This occurred earlier this morning.
> So as I indicated earlier, he continues to breath without the respirator and his vital signs are rather robust. He could live several hours or even days in this condition.
> If you are local to the southern California area and want to visit with him he is in Kaiser Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Panorama City, CA, Rm 1117. Obviously he cannot communicate with anyone. But Lisa encourages you to come by.
> Lisa requests if you want to contact her you can at lsteele24 at gmail.com
> I will keep all apprised of any new developments, news or logistics through the weekend. Also monitor his FB wall.
> Stay safe and peaceful
> Ed Armstrong
> JPL Physical Oceanography DAAC
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