Richard Mederios who we all call "Rabs" had been having trouble with his legs and had seen a few specialists over the last year. A few months ago after none of the doctors could diagnose any cause he insisted on going to the VA. They had done a basic intake exam and notice that his ecocardiogram came back abnormal and sugessted that they move forward with a stress test. After a couple of months of hearing nothing from the VA he made a appointment at his established primary care doctor. Rabs PCP scheduled him for a stress test which also came back abnormal and recomended that he proceded with a cardiac cath.
After the results they discovered blockages existed in his heart and would need to be fixed. A procedure was scheduled Jun 12th at a local hospital. During the procedure they had put in two stent's and had some minor complications. Rabs was sent home and later had a great deal of pain in his arm and hand. He was transported by the ambulance back to Charlton. Further testing discovered the stent's were not working correctly and he was transferred to Boston,
Monday June 19th he was going to have surgery to fix the stents and look at the other blockage that they had discovered but were unable to treat with implanting a stent. During the procedure they discovered the previous procedure had done some damage to one of the arteries and other complications. They also found he suffered from congestive heart failure. Due to the condition they were unable to correct the previous stents or fix the artery/vessels that had damage and needed to re-evaluate.
They believe he has had heart issues for some time that were never diagnosed that progressed to cause problems with the arteries in his legs. On June 22nd he will undergo bypass surgery and possible valve repair to his heart by a team of surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,
He will be burdened by a great deal of medical bills from past procedures and further stays in the hospital for recovery, extended rehab and numerous medications.
We have started this to help him pay for the bills and any other help that may be needed for him during his recovery. He is missing his Maple Park friends and hopes to be around camp again as soon as possible!