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Reply was posted 08/31/2001 07:25 pm by Fran
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I am so very sorry to hear about your mother.

I don't know anything about the hospital you mention, but I do know what it is like to have a loved one have complications with a Whipple. In our case my husband is still with us and the problem was not bleeding, but he nearly died on three occasions due to septic shock and organ failure following the surgery and has had to go back for two additional operations with a third scheduled for next week.

I know how I felt when the Drs told me they didn't think he was going to pull through from the original Whipple, even though we went into this knowing that there is a mortality risk it still seemed so very unfair that he was unlucky enough to get pc and THEN be unlucky enough to be in that even smaller percentage of people who do not survive the surgery. I had a lot of anger at that point as well as disbelief that this was happening to us.

It is such a shock when something goes wrong with a surgery and my heart goes out to you for all the emotions you must be feeling right now. The only comfort I found when I was told that Joseph was going to die was that at least he would be at peace without having to suffer a long illness and potential slow decline. It didn't stop me feeling very cheated and robbed of the time we would have had, but it did mean that he wouldn't suffer. I will certainly be saying a prayer for you and your family.



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