According to this article in SkyF1, he also suffered spinal cord injuries, that wouldn't be a surprise given the nature of the accident.
Perhaps that could have also contributed with the respiratory problems. His conditions are very worrying, let's pray he pulls through.
Uhmm, the article doesn’t say spinal cord injuries unless I’ve gone blind - it says injuries to his spine and legs.
We don’t know he doesn’t have spinal cord injuries but we don’t know he does. So let’s not spread that please!
That did not contribute to his respiratory injury - the most likely cause of injury is his lungs continuing to move after impact and potentially hitting his ribs and that has the possibility of causing swelling. Which is what acute respiratory distress syndrome is (essentially).
The only way a spinal injury causes ARDS is if the patient loses their ability to effectively swallow and inhales food or fluid. That probably isn’t what we’re talking about here - his families’ statement said it was a “common result of his type of accident” that suggests chest trauma.
Like I said in my earlier post, post traumatic ARDS does not have a statistically higher rate of mortality than the same injury without it. About 25%, but that’s in all patients and a 20 year old athlete is not a typical patient.
He is on ECMO - they are oxygenating his blood outside his body to rest his lungs - when the swelling goes down they’ll slowly bring him off it and see if he can handle breathing on his own.
The ARDS won’t be the thing that kills him if he doesn’t survive.
We won’t hear anything for awhile though, he’ll probably be on ECMO for a week at least.
Edited by l12mcg, 07 September 2019 - 23:10.