September 23rd my little brother Dylan Leavitt was Life Flighted to Boise after suffering yet another life threatening stroke.
This clot was in the same location as the last one a few years ago in his brain. It was surgically removed, but not entirely. They were only able to get a portion of the clot and there were complications in the vein yet to be addressed. Our family was overjoyed that he survived the surgery. And was luckily able to be conscious and able to speak (thank heavens!) and is now in the ICU.
But we also have received some other pretty devastating news. They found a hole in his heart, which is what is causing the blood clots. And will need heart surgery. We also found out he’s been diagnosed with Lupus. And sadly that the blood clot did not resolve and is still there. It'll get worse before it gets better. They're trying to take him off the medication so he can stabilize himself. But he might restroke. So they are hoping to catch it in time.
As a family, collectively we feel a little helpless and wish there was more that we could do for Dylan and his wife, with a baby on the way and my adorable little nephew, Iber & niece Atlas. There’s not too much we can do at this point but try and relieve their burdens and anxiety that come with all that has happened.
Because of covid precautions, no one can be with him, and information on his current condition is next to impossible to get.
We won't know about various motor skills for a few days yet, but interacting with him tells us he is definitely the man we all know and love. He speaks well, his cognition is clear, his sense of humor is in tact, and his love and concern for others abounds. We thank you all for your prayers, your concern, and well wishes! Believe me when I say, we feel that strength in every way!
- Juan Torres
- Cori Wade
- Doreen Mucci