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Thread: Update on Dave Johnson aka Fett

  1. #1
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: Michigan

    Update on Dave Johnson aka Fett

    Hello all, this is from Fett's son:

    Hi everyone, this will be hard to read and we apologize for the suddenness of the message but things have happened quickly and we've had to respond accordingly.

    Dave Johnson was in the hospital since Sept 29 and they were trying to figure out if he was in heart transplant rejection. He had an ablation, to fix a fast heart rhythm, and the underlying rhythm was worse, because of how poor the heart was he went into what's called cardiogenic shock and multi-organ failure. This means that his heart, liver, gut, and kidneys were all failing very quickly. They tried putting an intra aortic balloon pump in to support the heart and an external pacemaker to control the heart rhythm. That wasn't good enough so Friday night they had me decide between end of life or ECMO because the only organ that he had that was work that was working correctly was his lungs.

    We went with ECMO, and he got dialysis, he's also getting plasmaphoresis for the specific type of rejection they now know that he is in. He seems to be responding to all of it he's awake now, he's confused some, and very emotional. We're having to control how much interaction he has with people because the medication's and confusion can cause him to panic a little at times and then his blood pressure drops dangerously low and then they have to sedate him.

    However right now we're looking really good it's looking like he may be able to keep this heart from the first heart transplant. He's got about a 50/50 chance of making it, maybe a little better because he has already proven how tough he is and how strong his will to live is, that's what the doctor told me yesterday, ECMO is a very serious intervention and you just aren't out of the woods as long as you're on it. It was necessary to save his life.

    His kidney, liver, and gut function are all coming back and the doctors are more and more confident he won't need a kidney transplant. So way better than Friday night when he was very close to death. Everything is looking up, we are all exhausted but happy today.

  2. #2
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Woah! I knew about his health problems, but still you never expect to hear news like this, I guess. I'm so very glad that fett's still with us and fighting like a champ. Hang on in there, fett! Thanks for letting us know, please keep us updated - I truly hope to hear some more positive news very soon!

    *sends some positive vibes from the other side of the planet*

  3. #3
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    Keep fighting, Dave!

  4. #4
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Texas
    Keep Fighting Fett.

  5. #5
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Thanks for updating us! It's very appreciated. Best of luck to Fett, I hope he pulls through!

  6. #6
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Mossad Time Machine
    I fervently hope he recovers and that he knows how loved he is here.

  7. #7
    Registered: May 2004
    Hang in there, Fett!

  8. #8
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Aww man, I thought he was out of the woods on this stuff. He seemed to be doing so well. What a bummer. Hang in there fett!

  9. #9
    Registered: Oct 2000
    Location: Athens of the North
    Spoke with him a little while ago and was impressed with his positivity and attitude towards life. I'm wishing all the best that he pulls through the latest challenge that's been thrown at him and thoughts are with all his family as well.

  10. #10
    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    We are rooting for you, Fettums! Stay strong, Man!

  11. #11
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Tell him we are all pulling for him here and expect him to pull through like the rock star he is. I hate he has to go through this stuff again but if anyone can come out of it landing on his feet like a champ it's him. Thanks for letting us know.

  12. #12
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    Hang in there, fett!

  13. #13
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Black Squadron
    If anyone can pull through this, fett can.

  14. #14
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Hang in there, Dave. We love you! <3

  15. #15
    Stay strong Fett! <3 Much love to your family too!

  16. #16
    Registered: Aug 2009
    Get well soon Fett

  17. #17
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Take care fett, stay strong!

  18. #18
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Land of the crazy
    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    If anyone can pull through this, fett can.
    Was thinking the same thing. He's made it through a lot.

    Best wishes for your recovery.

  19. #19
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Pulling for you, Fett!

  20. #20
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Keep strong, fett! Rooting for you, man!

  21. #21
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    Dave and co. <3 <3 <3

  22. #22
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Maupertuis
    Stay strong, Fett. I hope you make it through this crisis too.

  23. #23
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Hope all goes well and he bounces back stronger than ever.

  24. #24
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Constantly losing tug o'war
    Hope you pull through, Fett!

  25. #25
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: 1, Rotation: 0
    Man, I hope you'll be back on your feet again soon, Fett! The world needs more of you.

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