Tim had 2 previous bouts with diverticulitis, the most recent being on Christmas Day. His doctor said that he felt "elective surgery" to fix the problem was better than "emergency surgery" and it was not a matter of "if" but "when" he would have the next attack. Tim and Sunee went on vacation to Florida just prior May 24th to recharge the batteries before the "elective surgery".
The doctors took out 15 cm of large intestine on their initial surgery. However, the next couple of days were spent trying to figure out why Tim was in pain and not progressing as expected. They found out that there was leak in the intestine after the surgery and now they had a sepsis problem. From there, things just kept mounting until last Saturday when Tim was transferred by helicopter to UNM hospital in downtown Albuquerque.
He incurred water in the lungs and required a special machine that only the other hospital had. (ECMO) This is basically a life support machine that does a lot of things for Tim so he doesn't have to work so hard and can get his lungs back to normal.