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Complete paralysis of the body

One of my neighbor has been admitted to a hospital since more than a month. The problem began with hicups which continued for 2 days. Upon doctors visit the doc admitted her to the hospital. The situation went worse and her complete lower part (excluding head) of the body was paralyzed. MRI was done and some problem like some clotting was observed in her brain. Docs were confident of her revival. Ever since she has been on ventilator, since the docs said that both the lungs had also paralyzed and was not responding to oxygen.
Now the docs have lost hopes and asked the family to take her away. The family has spent all the money they had. I have seen the patient, she recognizes people and nods at them, she also tries to speak.  I feel bad about this, how can a human be left to die.
Please help.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

If the clotting is intracranial it is difficult to cure or operate. Her prognosis depends on the functioning of the vital organs. She needs to have good oxygenation, good cardiac output and proper function of her kidneys. Understand your predicament and sympathize with you, but it is difficult to comment without knowing her complete clinical status.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Thanks.
As of yesterday, the patient is able to move her right hand on her own.
The only problem now is money. The are not in a position to sustain further expenses.
The doctors say recovery may take 2 or more months.
Hitesh Patel
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Understand your predicament. Her symptoms could be due to Gullian barre syndrome. This syndrome is caused by an immune response to the nervous system. This happens with infections, surgery or vaccination. The crucial phase is usually the initial period when the body is responding to the immune effects. Looks like you have been left with the residual defects. Hopefully the symptoms should improve with time. Just keep up with the physiotherapy to improve your muscle functions.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Hello,
If she has no money, Social Services should be contacted to apply for a Medical Assistance card.  She should qualify for Disability if she has paid into Social Security and is covered.
There are social workers in the hospital that are supposed to work with families related to these types of issues and finding the best rehab facility for your neighbor.
If her mind is still good, and she is showing signs of moving in one side--I don't think they can turn off a ventilator.  That would be murder in my opinion.
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Thanks for the reply
Due to financial implications the docs have advised the family to take her to a general hospital . The family has spent all the money they had. I have seen the patient, she recognizes people and nods at them, she also tries to speak.  I feel bad about this, how can a human be left to die.
The MRI report is
""Patient admitted with H/O Lt.upper &lower limb weakness
CT brain (Rt.temporal aracnoid cyst rest-NAD) then fascial &respiratory muscles involved and it hemiplagia progress to quadriplagia
Right anterior temporal CSF density of about 18X7cm appears to e arachnoid cyst with mild scalloping of adjacent bone mostly incidental
Opinion
No significant abnormality except small left temporal arachnoid cyst""
Can you conclude something from this report.
The doctors are treating the patient for ADEM
Please help
Hitesh
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