Mark ('Mark Anthony!' to those who know him best) was brought to the ER the night of November 5th with internal bleeding. He was admitted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for observation and went into cardiac arrest early the following morning. The doctors were able to revive him and placed him in the ICU as a critical care, end of life patient.
Extreme measures were taken to keep him alive. He was intubated to help him breathe and bands were placed internally to stop the bleeding, at which point he was put under heavy sedation to give his body time to heal. Mark was then diagnosed with advanced liver disease.
Fortunately, Mark is young and otherwise healthy, so his other organs are strong and he has been making very small but positive steps towards healing day by day. If you know Mark Anthony, you know he's a fighter. Although stable, he remains incapacitated in the ICU. He will still have many obstacles to endure in the coming days, weeks, months and years. The severity of his liver damage will result in the need for a liver transplant. The transplant process will be a long, arduous and costly one and will result in a complete lifestyle overhaul.
His wife and family have been with him every step of the way and his community of friends has provided wonderful support as well. Mark has brought so many smiles and so much happiness & laughter to so many peoples' lives, now it's our turn to send some love his way!
The family is asking for prayers and positive thoughts for Mark. As friends, we are trying to raise funds for Mark and his family, to use for whatever they need during this time...medical bills, food, medicine, travel, etc.
We will use this platform to update friends & family on his condition. Please give the family space at this time so they can continue to focus on helping Mark heal.
Most Recent Update
As if November 9th, Mark continues to slowly make progress in the ICU and remains in stable condition. His sedation levels are minimal and he's doing better at breathing on his own. He has been starting to show his family that he's there by blinking, moving his arms and making some facial expressions. He has also been able to open his eyes and see the love of his life, Kim! He is squeezing her hand and seems to recognize her and his family members. He's been moving around more each day and trying to get at his breathing tube, showing us he's getting his strength back. Once he's able to follow commands, he should be able to get his breathing tube removed, which will make him that much more comfortable. Considering where he was just a few short days ago, he's making great progress and we can't wait to hear his voice again sometime soon!
- Patricia Fales
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- Brian Westlye
Organizer and beneficiary
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