. A person whose physiological functioning is dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device
[In science fiction]
. a living being whose powers are enhanced by computer implants or mechanical body parts.
As most of you know, on 14th July 2017, my brother in law, Carlos James, was hit out of the blue by a dramatic combination of severe hypertension, kidney failure and microangiopathic hemolitic anemia and thrombocytopenia; the combination of which resulted in him becoming almost 70% mechanical. He was plugged in and started on dialysis and plasmapheresis and a million other drips. Poked and prodded and drained...
The kidney biopsy came back with a diagnosis of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is an extremely rare disease characterized by low levels of circulating red blood cells due to their destruction (hemolytic anemia), low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) due to their consumption and inability of the kidneys to process waste products from the blood and excrete them into the urine (acute kidney failure), a condition known as uremia. It is a distinctly different illness from the more common disorder known as typical hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is caused by E.coli-producing Shiga toxins (Stx HUS) and is generally foodborne. Unlike individuals with typical HUS, who usually recover from the life-threatening initial episode and usually respond well to supportive treatment, individuals with aHUS are much more likely to develop chronic serious complications such as severe high blood pressure (hypertension) and kidney (renal) failure.
As can be imagined, planning around this kind of uncertainty is difficult. The situation is pretty urgent and any help that you can give the James family is tremendously appreciated.
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