Meanwhile, a battery of tests finally revealed the primary culprit behind all of Randall's recent health issues: his mitral heart valve is very damaged and needs to be replaced as soon as he's well enough for open heart surgery. Several areas of infection were found in the valve -- a piece of this infected tissue was thrown off and travelled to his brain, causing his stroke -- and he is undergoing a 6-week course of IV antibiotics to clear all infection before the valve is replaced.
Although he still has no use of his right arm, his right leg is nearly back to full strength and his spoken communication continues to improve. Randall's rehab progress was good enough that he was temporarily discharged from the hospital on July 7 to continue his recovery and wait for the antibiotics to do their job. But the hits just keep coming and on July 9 he was taken back to the hospital due to not feeling well, and an MRI revealed another blood clot in his brain. He has been readmitted to the ICU.
Randall's friends and family have been extremely supportive, but he's going to need additional help to stay on his feet financially. He has already spent more than a month in the hospital, not to mention the numerous tests, procedures, therapy sessions, medications, and specialist consults he has needed and will continue to require for at least the next several months. Randall's medical bills are going to be enormous, in spite of having decent medical coverage through his work. Anything you are able to offer will help him; even a few dollars makes a big difference when people come together to support a friend in need.
From Randall, his family and loved ones - With all our hearts, we thank you!