Dear Dhamma Friends,
After a long pause, I would like to share this very exciting news with you about Sayadaw U Silananda's health condition. Sayadaw had a brain CT scan done on June 28, 2005 which is almost 3 months after the surgery for removal of his brain tumor Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)...
The result for this new scan is very encouraging and very exciting. The report says that there is no specific evidence of residual or recurrent tumor. The midline shift has essentially resolved. There is no evidence of intracranial hemorrhage. The extra-axial collection subjacent to the craniotomy has decreased in size and it no longer contains air. This is happening without any treatment for his brain tumor. I believe, by the powers of kusala kamma of Sayadaw's past and present lives, the dieties of highest level are assembling together and helping Sayadaw to get rid of his sufferings. Can we call this a miracle?
Sayadaw is still in the intensive care unit at South San Francisco Kaiser hospital to treat his respiratory failure called ARDS (Acute Reapiratory Distress Syndrome). Although he is still on a ventilator, his condition is getting better slowly but surely each day. The vetilator settings are at the lowest which means Sayadaw is breathing with very little assistance from the machine. However, several weaning attempts done over a couple of weeks to extubate the vetilator were not successful. Sayadaw can breathe only for a few minutes without the assistance from the machine. His lungs are still to weak to breathe totally on his own. At his age of 78, the recovery could be slow, but I am very confident that Sayadaw's lungs are getting stronger each day.
The sedation has been stopped completely for a week now. Sayadaw is slowly becoming awake as the affects of morphine has depleted. Although he still cannot speak, he is aware of his surroundings and looks very peaceful.