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  • This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Ryan Berhar 1 week ago.

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       Ryan Berhar 
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      Hey everyone, here’s Helen’s newest column. It’s a difficult time for her, as it marks the 22 year anniversary of her son’s death. Being put on the wrong machine contributed to his downfall. This is a good reminder that when it comes to SMA, doctors often don’t know what to do. In my experience, it’s better to consult members of the community who have been there before. What questions or takeaways do you have from this?

      ‘Tis the Season: Memories of a Fateful Fall Day

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       DeAnn R 
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      This article makes me think how far we’ve come over the recent decades. My younger brother passed away December 18th, 34 years ago when he was 4. Funny how those dates stick. Back then the respiratory support was very minimal. He too passed from respiratory failure. Looking back things could have been done differently, but we didn’t know. Even now though, you have to be your own advocate. My last hospital stay was traumatic because a routine surgery landed me on a ventilator. When they tried to extubate they didn’t follow protocol and it failed the first attempt. Thankfully I was transferred to a more knowledgeable hospital, otherwise I might not be here today. By sharing our stories, it may help the next generation. Thank you Helen for sharing. Hugs to you and your family!

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         Ryan Berhar 
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        Did your brother have SMA?

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