The mother of the comatose DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng has posted an update regarding the condition of her son, who was admitted to the ICU the other day. Despite this, he continues to show improvement and could be released from the ICU soon.
Here’s what Cheng‘s mother wrote on Oneloveforchi.com:
The last few days I have been preparing for the worst. Sepsis is serious and they tried two straight days to ween Chi off the ventilator but he could not breathe on his own and they had to put the machine back on.
Today we went in and he was off the machine and his vitals were stable. They want to keep him for another day or so in ICU and hope to move him out of the ICU and then HOME. I didn’t think he could come back from this one but the Beast is back.
Sal read him all of your messages today, We thank you SO MUCH for all your support and prayers. They seem to have carried him through this very scary time. I can’t tell you how your support is appreciated!
Thank you with all our hearts! Blessings back to all of you, our wonderful family!
Cheng has been semi-paralyzed since being injured in a car accident back in 2008.
[UPDATE, July 4, 2012] The following update has been issued:
You must be wondering again about Chi’s progress at home. He finished the course of IV antibiotics on Thursday, June 28. That being done, he was to be discharged last Friday. When Friday rolled around we were informed that his blood work culture came back and he had another infection in his blood. So he will be on another IV antibiotic for maybe 10 days. They do plan to let him get started on it and send him home this coming Thursday or Friday. We will be able to do the IV med at home. The Doc really wants to see him home where there are less germs than in the hospital. We can control his environment here.
So the house is ready for him and Sal has turned into the germ police. She has large containers of antibacterial wipes on every corner of the counters and tables. Ya gotta love her! She bought copious amounts of gloves, wipes, spray cleansers, hand sterilizers, and has organized his every item perfectly. now we just need to get the man home again.
His immune system is weakened and we are researching things that will boost it . Any suggestions you may have we will follow up on. We are being very careful to double check any side effects or contraindications as
well as drug interactions with his current medications.
He looks pretty miserable right now….he must feel really weak and ill. The highlight of his day is when Sal
reads him all of your messages.
This whole drama has nothing to do with his TBI. It is not a problem with his brain. It is a problem from staying in the hospital too long, getting too many infections and antibiotics and having it shoot down his immune system. The fact that he was in bed without getting up for three straight months did his lungs and body no good at all. He is in isolation now and the Doc said that the mask, gown and gloves we must wear are more for his own protection than for anyone else.
This is saddening and maddening and really a kick in the gut, but if it had happened in New Jersey I don’t think that he would be alive at all.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for bringing him HOME to California!! We can see him every day and the staff is excellent! And he will come back home to the house soon which is going to make all the difference in the world!
I want to let you know where your generous donations are going. We are trying to straighten out his medicare which got messed up by them. We are also trying to get his m/cal reinstated. For now though we are paying out of pocket for his needs. The plane to get him home was $18,000. The perscriptions Mae picked up for him were $1,700. The bed rental with a good mattress is $700. a month and there are other rental items and personal items. I did splurge (my dime on some other things) and got him a big screen TV since we don’t really know how well he sees and Sal is going to help me pick out a good sound system for him. Of course the wish list goes on and on. I would like to get him a van that he can travel well in to go to Dr. appointments etc. When he is back up to speed I have dreams of taking him to the beach and places he would enjoy. For now though it is such a blessing to have him back in California and he WILL be home soon.
When he gets here, you will be the first to know. There are no words to express the gratitude we have for all of your support and prayers and love for this man who just won’t give up.
We love you and wish you all well! Blessings onelove family!
Jeanne and the Cheng Gang
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PUBLISHED on June 20, 2012.
UPDATED on July 4, 2012 – another update added.