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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Update--Friday, Jan 13, 10:00 p.m.


Joe and his family had a bit of a scare tonight. Joseph has been saying he is having a really hard time breathing. They never could figure out why, so they didn't do anything to help. Tim went down to take care of some paperwork and Airmed scheduling, but was checking in every so often on Joe.

The last time he went back to check on Joe, there were a bunch of nurses and doctors rushing around his room. Looking closer he saw Joseph's face and neck were swollen severely and that he wasn't breathing. What had happened was when they re-did the trach tubes after Joseph's neurosurgery, they forgot to cut a flap of skin off. It had closed off the airway and was sending the oxygen up into his neck and face. He blacked out. They rushed him into surgery to correct the trach and cut off the flap of skin. The doctors came and apologized to Tim and told them it was all their fault and that they were very sorry.

The surgery went well and Tim says that to look at Joe you would not know there had been a problem. We are so thankful for our blessings and that Joseph is doing OKAY !


Blogger Gym Rat said...

Well, you know he's not in America if the doctors admitted they were at fault! *insert eye roll* So glad it all worked out, though. Still keeping you in my prayers, Joseph! Have a safe trip home!

Jan 14, 2006, 6:12:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt Toni said...

Holy Cow Joseph!
How scary is that! We will be so glad to get you home. The Lord has you in mind and will keep you safe.
Love you big guy.

Aunt Toni & Uncle Jaren

Jan 14, 2006, 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Rod Dean said...

The Dean family is fasting and praying for you and certainly love you and your family. We look forward to being able to see you again. As Neil Purdie would always say "God Bless".

Coach and Sally Dean and family

Jan 14, 2006, 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Curran said...


You and you family are in the Curran family prayers. We hope and pray things continue to improve.

Love Paul, Emily and Toby Curran

Jan 14, 2006, 3:49:00 PM  
Blogger James Bullough said...

Joseph I am praying for you man, I know the Lord is watching over you just as he did through the mission.

Com amor eterno,
Elder James Bullough

Jan 14, 2006, 6:31:00 PM  

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