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Taken to clinic with heart attack symptoms. He’s on a work trip for the University of Illinois, and is in Freetown Sierra Leone. He was able to text us. Chest pain, high blood pressure, sweats and funny feeling in arm. He’s 59. 

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A few years ago he was in Africa, I think Uganda, and got quite gastrointestinally sick. Misdiagnosed as malaria. Actually was Peritonitis, due to a burst appendix. Fortunately the antibiotics they gave him for malaria saved his life. He’s got 7 lives left. 

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Sounds familiar. ☹️

Prayers for your brother...

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Tell him to stop going to Africa.  That seems to be the link.

And best wishes too.

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It's good he can text you, but I will definitely say a prayer.

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1 hour ago, maddmaxx said:

Tell him to stop going to Africa.  That seems to be the link.

And best wishes too.

In addition to his professorial duties, he has started a cocoa farm, a palm oil plantation, and a diamond/gold mining operation. 

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59 minutes ago, Kirby said:

It's good he can text you, but I will definitely say a prayer.

He’s been quiet the last 2 hours. I don’t know if he has colleagues who are keeping his wife informed. 

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1 hour ago, smudge said:

Sounds familiar. ☹️

Prayers for your brother...

Hopefully his outcome is as good as yours. 

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Yikes, someone (thanks Cheese)  just pointed out to me that I had inadvertently hit the wrong emoji on the initial post.  Corrected now, but just wanted to mention it so that you knew it was unintentional.

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Prayers for your brother. I hope the “clinic” is like the Cleveland Clinic. When I think of a clinic I usually think of a building in a strip mall about the size of Pet Smart. Not where I would want to go if I was having a heart attack.

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He’s gone silent. I’ll try to call his wife in a while if we don’t have any more news. I’m quite concerned, but hopefully there’s a good reason he can’t text us back. 3rd world infrastructure isn’t the greatest. 

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He also had a pulmonary embolism a few years ago. As did I and another brother who travels a lot. 

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Prayers and Vibes sent.

Is he expected to become stable enough to be transferred to an American hospital or in another advanced nation?

When I was in China, I had insurance that would fly me to a hospital in Japan if I had a serious medical problem and moving me was possible.

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I am sure you are relieved to get an update.  Glad he's awake and good luck with the transfer if that makes the most sense. 

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I didn't read all this thread but he's where he needs to be. He got there BEFORE the event. I hope he is well. Good luck BuffJ

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He’s waiting medical transport still. He texted a couple of hours ago. He thinks he will get some stents and maybe more. 

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How is he feeling? Has he been stabilized?

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1 minute ago, BuffJim said:

Finally got another update. He’s scheduled to fly to France right now. Still has discomfort. Hoping he gets the care he needs. 

There's hope.

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26 minutes ago, shootingstar said:

Crossing fingers Jim.  Sorry for this late response.

This is why you guys are beautiful and special. Your own loss but you still took the time to let BuffJim know you care about his brother. 

I wish I could hug you all. 

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2 hours ago, BuffJim said:

Finally got another update. He’s scheduled to fly to France right now. Still has discomfort. Hoping he gets the care he needs. 

Ugh, that's going to be a miserable flight. Glad he's still around to make the flight.

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Glad that he's well enough to fly and hope he's able to get any necessary treatment in France.

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Sounds like he is in the right place now!

Keep us posted. 

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13 hours ago, BuffJim said:

Here’s his latest text: Am in Paris at the Centre Cardiological Nord in St Denis. I suffered a serious heart attack. The two extra days in Sierra Leone helped me stabilize but serious damage to the heart has occurred.  Some muscle strength may be recoverable.  Tomorrow they likely will go in and learn more and maybe install a stent or two.

Sorry to read this Jim.  Serious heart damage is nothing to dismiss lightly.

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