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Could he have been saved?

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  • Posted By: Janelin5
  • February 26, 2007
  • 09:09 AM

I lost my 40 year old brother to Liver Cirrohsis. We knew nothing about it, his friends found him after not seeing him for a few days. He was found in his bed covered in blood.

He lived alone and I spoke to him weekly on the telephone (we lived 80 miles apart and didn't get together very often), two weeks before he was found he was complaining of having a stomach upset and blamed it on some chicken he'd cooked the night before. We knew he liked a drink but I didn't think he was drinking to access. Obviously I was very wrong, he had several bouts of depression and seemed to prefer is own company.

What upsets me more than anything is that he died alone and in obvious pain, he'd heomorhaged which explained all the blood. How could this have happened so suddenly? The post mortem revealed he had alcohol related cirrohsis which had caused the heomorhage. Surely he would have had major symptoms before this took his life, has anyone else been through this, I suppose I just want to fill in the missing bits of the jigsaw, and need to know if he would have known he was ill and chose not to seek help. Thanks for taking the trouble to read this and hope I can find some answers.

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  • I would obtain a copy of your brothers medical records for peace of mind & unanswered questions. Hemoraging is a normal complication of alcoholic cirrhosis because the liver is so severly damaged that the blood can no longer clot due to vitamin k loss. My ex-husband (age 44) was diagnosed on 2/5/07 with Alcoholic Cirrhosis Child-Pugh Score C (End-Stage liver failure) in addition to many complication's of cirrhosis such as acsites, gi bleeding, varicies, portal hypertension & severe jaundice-(normal bilirubin count is between 0.8 to 1, his count as of 3/9 is 25). Cirrhosis symptoms sometimes due not appear until it is too late. In my ex husband's case I had seen him on 1/15/07 & his physical appearance seemed normal. In just 20 days all the symptoms of cirrhosis appeared & he looked near death. He was given a blood transfusion when I admitted him to the ER on 2/5/07, his blood count was 5.6 (normal for a male is around 11). His doctor has told him his only chance for survival is by liver transplant alone. At this time he does not qualify for liver a transplant due to alcohol related cirrhosis. My ex has only 3% functioning liver remaining and has been given 3 months to live.I'm very sorry for your loss. Your brother probably had more discomfort than he led on. If enough of your brother's liver was damaged the only thing that may have prolonged his life was treating all the complications that come with liver failure. My ex is currently on vitamin k to control his blood clotting, spironolactone(diurectic to control the acsites), iron pills, prevacid to control the gi tract & cipro (to prevent infection). He is in alot of pain, bleeding from the rectum at every stool, 2-3 nose bleeds a day & is currently complaining of kidney pain. His last doctor visit indicated an elevation in his creatinine levels which is a poor sign for developing hepatorenal syndrome(kidney failure due to liver failure). This is a HORRIBLE way to pass away. I know first hand because my uncle died from this 5 years ago.God Bless.
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