Johns Hopkins has verified that Andy Stephenson is in surgery right now.
I just got off the telephone with the Johns Hopkins Hospital office of corporate communications. They confirmed to me that Andy Stephenson is "in surgery as we speak" at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They also confirmed that the surgery was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but it was changed to today.
Now that Johns Hopkins has verified directly to me that Andy is in fact a patient at their facility, we consider the issue of his alleged fraud to be resolved and closed from further discussion on Democratic Underground. We understand why some members may have had questions or concerns about this issue in the past when the facts were not known. There is a huge difference between the malicious trolls who outright lied (and were since banned), and legitimate DU members who had honest questions. The fact that I have verified that Andy is indeed in surgery does not give anyone license to ostracize or attack DU members who held a differing opinion in the past. We hope that now we can put this conflict behind us and move toward healing for this community.
We wish Andy Stephenson good luck in his surgery. He has had a very tough time these last few months, and hopefully now he can begin the road to recovery. We are anxious to hear any updates that people have about his condition. If anyone does have any news, please feel free to post about it on Democratic Underground.
9. Thank you. Now let's all focus on helping Andy get better soon!
He's going to need lots of love and support from this community so keep those prayers and healing messages flowing. Knowing Andy, as soon as he is able, he'll be back on line and right back here to his friends at DU.
149. So if you're PRO-LIFE because you trusted that Andy was telling the truth,
that means those who questioned whether we were getting the whole story are PRO-CHOICE. By your definition, cynicism is a quality of pro-choicers.
Why not just avoid ascribing new meanings to a well-known and well-understood term such as "PRO-LIFE"? It means "opposed to abortion on demand," which most DUers are not. (Some DUers and some pro-lifers agree that euthanasia is wrong and/or that the death penalty is wrong. Some DUers and some pro-lifers are pacifists, or opposed to most wars. But most DUers support abortion on demand, which is not at all a pro-life position.)
Better yet, why not avoid casting aspersions on any DUer who questioned some aspects of the various accounts of Andy's illness?
I never posted on this topic at all, was away and missed all the deleted threads. But, after the troll was banned, I read some of the later threads to see what was going on. There was a legitimate basis for the questions asked by real DUers. They don't deserve to be branded as cynics for saying more information was needed.
After all, Skinner banned further threads about Andy until he got some confirmation, some more information, from Johns Hopkins. That doesn't mean Skinner is a cynic, does it?
I'd like to point out that the organizers of the fundraiser, myself being one of the most active, went out of our way throughout this process to provide the best answers we could to our fellow DUers who asked reasonable questions, yourself included. As this situation developed, we were able to lay hands on better information. That is the nature of medical crises.
And I'd also like to point out that we have been accused of everything from obfuscation to outright fraud. It has been a sad time in many ways.
It is my hope as well that we can move on, with lessons learned both about the strength of this community as well as about its sensitivities.
its not your fault and there's nothing you could have done to prevent the problems. You all did an exemplary job. When you do fundraising - there are always people who complain, though usually not many. As they say - no good deed goes unpunished
I have loved this site for a long time. I haven't known all that much about you personally, so as difficult as this situation has been, I'm grateful for the opportunity it has given me to see the integrity, wisdom and strength of character that you have. (all the more impressive in a young pup like yourself...I've seen the picture!) :)
Being part of helping Andy has renewed my faith in what people who come together can achieve. I am really proud to be a part of this DU community, and grateful for what it gives me every day. So, thank you Skinner! :bounce:
So, here's wishing Andy a speedy recovery, and a long and healthy life to Andy AND DU!
77. Skinner has the doctor's statement that was provided to the
Hirshberg Foundation in application for their grant. Why someone would need more than Agi Hirshberg and her Foundation require, I don't know. Maybe PMing Skinner with your concerns would be a good strategy. :)
It would be nice if people who have some 'pologizing to do would be big enough to do so.
Yeah, that sounded a little preachy, but I'm a big believer in taking responsability, admitting one's wrongs, making amends. Shows character and great courage, IMO. I kind of stopped following the messiness, though. Maybe people already did this. If so, I salute you and offer hugs.
I've received word from Johns Hopkins where our friend Andy Stephenson, who has been tireless for years in his efforts to fight Election Fraud in this country, has just completed 7.5 hours of surgery.
He has come through the surgery successfully and his tumor was removed. He is currently in Recovery and on his way to Intensive Care shortly.
I have been asked to keep further details of the surgery and his further prognosis private as of now. It has been requested, however, that I pass along the news above for those who are concerned about him, and, as well, to ask everyone to say their prayers for Andy at this time.
I'm also heartened to know that this is genuine. During my 10 years on the net, I've seen so many false scenarios played out (e.g., faked deaths, dramas, and so on). Very pleased to know that it's not the case here at all.
I've been looking all day for a post confirming that he was having his surgery today, as originally scheduled, and totally missed your post up at the top that he had it yesterday. I wish Andy luck and hope everything works out well for him.
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