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I just got word that this afternoon, 5 August 2010, Bill Walker, friend and associate member of The Rochester Rams died in Rochester General hospital.

Bill was in considerably good health and just underwent hip replacement surgery at Newark-Wayne hospital on 27 July 2010 at 11:30 AM. At midnight on Sunday, 1st August, Bruce C. (his husband) received an emergency call from Newark-Wayne hospital because his heart stopped beating.

He was de-fibrillated and moved to intensive care, then transported to Rochester General Hospital, for a heart catheterization and a defibrillator-pacemaker implant.

Bill had repeated episodes of a dangerous heart rhythm called "ventricular tachycardia" which required many de fibrillations, strong IV meds and other assistive machines to reverse. He was moved to the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rochester General in very critical condition.

The condition of his heart arteries was worse than originally thought, and unfortunately surgery or stents would not help.


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Aug. 5th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear it. I will keep Bill, his family and friends in my thoughts this week.
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
*Fuzzy Sad*
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear of this loss.

Chaz; send me their mailing address if you have it please.

I'll keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.
Aug. 6th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Message from Bruce:
Dear Friends,

Bill passed away peacefully this afternoon. The breathing tube and other machines had been removed this morning, and we spent a very pleasant morning talking and joking with him, and sharing the many cards that he had received. Sadly, at around 1:00 his heart went into Ventricular Tachycardia again and again and then stopped beating. He was defibrillated and was placed on a ventilator, and his heart rhythm was restored, but the Cardiologists felt that his heart was so electrically unstable and horribly weakened that it was going to continue to go into this lethal arrhythmia, so we made the decision to remove all the machines and let Bill go. He slipped away painlessly at around 2:00 pm surrounded by people who loved him.

I held his hand, and he squeezed it to let me know he knew, and he quietly slipped away. It was the first time I had ever been with a dying person, and glad I was there for him. Our friend Darrelle, was with me. Amy, our neighbor and our friend Darrelle, have been great support and loving friends. I do not know what I would have done without them.

I send my love to everyone who has been so supportive through this very stressful time.

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