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Could he have been saved?

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  • Posted By: Janelin5
  • February 26, 2007
  • 09:10 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 lost my MIL to hep C and liver failture. I am sorry about your loss. I think my MIL chose not to get treatment. Perhaps he did not really believe his diagnosis if he knew it. Basically, denial, especially if he was addicted to alcohol. Liver problems can lead to clotting factors/problems with blood clotting. My MIL had terrible nose bleeds in her last year. Was he getting nosebleeds? I don't really know much about Liver disease, except that my MIL died of it. I am truly sorry for your loss.
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