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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:50 AM
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U.S. Special Envoy Holbrooke in Intensive Care After Falling Ill at Office
Source: Bloomberg

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, according to a hospital official who asked not to be identified.

Holbrooke, 69, has spent the last two years traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and seeking support from allies to help promote economic development and stabilize the neighboring countries that have been plagued by terrorism.

Holbrooke felt ill while working yesterday on the seventh floor of the State Department headquarters, where Secretary of State Hillary Clintons office is located, said Philip J. Crowley, the department spokesman.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was also admitted yesterday to George Washington University Hospital in northwest Washington for surgery to remove a kidney stone.Geithners surgery was completed without incident, Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said in an e-mail. The secretary is feeling much better and after the procedure spoke with his staff at about 7 p.m. to get a rundown on the day. Geithners staff reports that hes clearly eager to get back to work.

Holbrooke is a veteran diplomat who, as an assistant secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton accords that ended the war in Bosnia in the 1990s. He later served as the U.S. envoy to the United Nations

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-11/u-s-special-en...



Doesn't sound good.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:03 AM
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1. Thinking, hoping, praying for him.
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YvonneCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:05 AM
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2. CNN reporting he's critical...
...with a 'torn aorta.' My thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:19 AM
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3. Good God - what is a torn aorta? I'm hoping for the best for him. nt
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:54 AM
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6. Major blood vessel.
The "tear" is probably a ruptured aneurysm (weakness/thinning of vessel wall which produces a bulge). This aneurysm(think hernia) will eventually tear due to the pressure exerted against it by the circulating volume of blood in the aorta.

He's very lucky he lived through the surgery. That tells me it was probably a small tear and small volume leak. A large tear, called a dissecting aorta, would have killed him instantly.

Next few days will be touch and go for him. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Here's a good explanation:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/sec03/ch035/ch035c.htm...
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:48 AM
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9. Thank you. I knew what the aorta is - just didn't know how it could be 'torn' -
The aneurism explanation makes sense. I'll check out the info at the Merck Manual link and learn more.

I'll keep him in my thoughts, too.
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:54 PM
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25. Thanks for that link, I think...
almost too much information. What an unfortunate malfunction.
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Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:41 PM
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27. my ex father in law died from that...very very painful before it burst
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:41 PM by Gin
Get well sir!
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:06 PM
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30. My sister survived aortal dissection. It happened in Feb. 2008.
The surgery went well, but she had a lot of complications after. She's still with us, thankfully, but she hasn't fully recovered.
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:27 AM
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4. I am guessing he had a blood clot
from so much flying
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:55 AM
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7. No. It's an actual tear or leak in the aorta.
see my other post.
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Donyellathon Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:29 AM
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5. One of our greatest diplomats
and one who always looks for the peaceful solution. Will pray for him and his family.
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:25 AM
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8. Wishing Ambassador Holbrooke a speedy recovery.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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10. Holbrooke Is in Critical Condition.
Source: nyt/ap

after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/12/11/us/politics/...
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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11. Get well, Mr. Ambassador.
We're sending positive thoughts.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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12. Get well, Mr. Ambassador.
We're sending positive thoughts.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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23. Same Here (nt)
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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13. Get Well, Mr. Ambassador
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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14. Crossing my fingers and my toes.
I sure hope he is ok.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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15. I hope he does well.
It's a very dangerous surgery.
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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16. Oh no. Good person. We need him. My prayers go to him and his family.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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17. Best wishes for recovery ....
wasn't he at least one fair pick Obama made?

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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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18. The fact that he even made it it surgery
is amazing, most do not unless they are already in an ICU when it happens.

I wish him well and I hope for a recovery for him.

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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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19. My SIL did -- even argued with my bro about going to the ER! She's doing well
almost a year after the really scary event. Let's hope he beats the odds like she did!

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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:14 PM
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32. We had a similar situation with my sister. She argued with her daughter and son-in-law
all day before agreeing to go to the hospital. Her surgery went well, but she had a lot of post-op. She hasn't fully recovered, but she's still with us, thankfully.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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21. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed.
I really admire him...his brains, his no-nonsense style. How does an Aorta tear, anyway? Is it damage caused by obstruction?
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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20. A great diplomat. We're hoping for a good outcome...
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:04 PM
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22. Dissected aorta. How awful!

That happened to a friend of mine. He lived, but survival rate is not good.

I hope he recovers.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:58 PM
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24. I believe that's the injury that killed Princess Diana
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:27 PM
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28. But that was an injury.

Having your aorta spontaneously rip is something different. If it's what they call a "full dissection" where the hose is totally off the pump, the person will probably die in a minute.
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:07 PM
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31. It's what killed John Ritter.
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:12 PM
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26. Post lists him as being in critical condition - VIDEO
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:17 PM by CBHagman


As of 2:01 p.m., EST, that was the report. I really hope he pulls through.

A friend of mine and I met Mr. Holbrooke a number of years ago during a book signing and he was extremely gracious to both of us. One of the most amazing things about the event was that he had brought several members of his team from the Dayton Accord negotiations and asked all of them to weigh in on their experiences.

Thanks to the OP for starting this thread.

On edit: Here's the report from Kirit Radia at the State Department, and there's footage of P.J. Crowley talking to the press corps.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/holbrooke-critical-condi...
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:45 PM
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33. I would guess
critical condition would be the only way to categorize someone who has experienced this. I have taken care of them post op in the ICU and it is a very critical condition, he may be doing very well but still, it is critical.

Hope for the best.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:01 PM
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29. oh my
wishing him the best. :cry:
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:11 PM
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34. Good luck, ambassador...eom
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