Today the news changed a bit. I still pray for this women and may she rest in peace. My condolences to her family.
This latest article said died of natural causes.
I, too, am sad at Maralyn's death. Like others, I didn't know her personally, but we are all partners in this struggle together.
CD, you're right, the CTV story did say Maralyn died of natural causes, it also says there was no autopsy. It reports Maralyn was suffering from massive bleeding in the brain hours after the procedure and the final diagnosis included irreversible brain damage.
Maralyn's husband, Frank Lamb, thinks Synergy discharged her too soon. He suspects high blood pressure may have contributed to her death. Although Maralyn, like many of us, was optimistic, Frank has a recommendation for others.
"My advice to other hopeful patients is that if your blood pressure is high, do not have the procedure done," Lamb said.
The CTV story also says the DVD of the procedure shows a catheter being inserted into Marilyn's brain. Is this normal? Or is the report even accurate?
Dr. Hubbard is quoted in the CTV story:
"In my IRB, we would have known about (any potential complications) within 24 hours and we would have investigated it immediately," he said. "Because the people have the right to know."
Is Synergy part of Dr. Hubbard's IRB?
There was also an article in Saturday's Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/arti ... ery-in-u-s
Again, Frank cites Maralyn's high blood pressure and his concerns that she was discharged too soon:
Her husband, Frank Lamb, said his wife experienced severe headaches, nausea and vomiting a few hours after being discharged and was taken to a nearby hospital. She was taken off life support on April 18.
“I think they discharged her before she could make full recovery,” he said Friday, adding that her blood pressure was still high when she left the facility.
Frank also talks about how difficult this has been:
“It’s been tough, very tough,” said Lamb, referring to life since his wife’s death. “And every time somebody else calls, it gets tougher.”
There is a video story to the right of the CTV article. This includes clips of Maralyn in 1995 when she was trying a new drug. At the end, Maralyn said "I live my live on a gamble. That's how it is." Maralyn continued with that spunk to the end.
But, as the reporter concluded "When patients take the risk on new medical treatments, they also take the risk medical science will not learn what they might have given everything to find out."
Frank, as Bruce said, we need to respect your privacy, but if you or someone you know reads this, we want you to know how sad we are for you. Maralyn was a pioneer who died way too soon. I hope we can honor her spirit by living our lives fully and courageously, learning all we can about CCSVI--and advocating for medical professionals to do the same.