[ESIP-all] Status of Rob, II

Chaitanya Baru baru at sdsc.edu
Fri Mar 2 21:41:41 EST 2012

This is very hard to hear…my best wishes rest with his sister and family.
Rob visited use several times down here in San Diego. The image I have imprinted is of him in my office, talking with him, as always he was engrossed in technical issues.


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Subject: [ESIP-all] Status of Rob, II

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<mailto:steele24 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
818 519-7607

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