Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at the age of 68

MY CONDOLANCES GO OUT TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY OF REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS – THE LARGESSE OF HIS LOSS WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE APPARENT OVER TIME. HE WAS A GREAT SPIRIT AND BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING!! I HAVE DIRECT FAMILY IN BALTIMORE AND HAVE VISITED OFTEN AND SPENT TIME THERE OVER THE YEARS. BALTIMORE IS A STRESSED BUT DETERMINED AND EMERGING CITY THAT WILL OVER COME – AND LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT THE FAMOUS CRAB CAKES. YUMMMMMMMM.

R.I.P. ELIJAH.. YOU AND YOUR STEADFAST WORK OVER THE YEARS ARE MISSED ALREADY!

Oct 17, 2019

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings died Thursday after what his office described as ‘complications concerning longstanding health challenges.’ He was 68.

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4 comments

  1. You may have nailed it.. no prophylactic antibiotic regimen post surgery. I can’t see the surgery being the vector of infection – but I can see post surgical ‘infection protocols’ being lax or broken or even non-existent. After that kind of surgery you would spend a couple or few days in CCU Unit where the beds are a little closer to each other separated by only a curtain only and its a compressorized sealed room, when the door opens the higher pressure forces air OUT via air pressure differential – bad air can’t get in. It’s common for seniors like him to “bump into bed corners or patient tables and break the skin which can quickly become infected if not treated like a major trauma IMMEDIATELY. Also, my guess is it is Staph Aureas infection which is almost as bad as bad as MRSA likely originated in his knee and not the surgery site itself. That’s my guess..

    In the military I was a Physicians Assistant/Major Trauma Medivac medic. I handled everything – I was the only DOC they had in the field. There were regular medics who consulted with me daily and reported on any and all medical issues. If I needed assistance I could ‘fly in a doctor’ at moments notice to take over for me. I was assigned to an elite spec ops unit. Now – I have forgotten more medical knowledge than the average person will ever learn, plus the field has progressed beyond even my recognition over the past 40+ years.. lol 😊

  2. It sounds like his health problems started under Trump. His valve replacement was supposed to be easy and quickly back to work. He got an infection and was out two months. Said infection must have traveled to his knee because there was an infection there. He is being replaced in Oversight by a New Yorker, whose husband is an investment banker. Of course, I know an elderly person who literally lost their mind right after the Trump election. It literally made their mind shut-down. Was this a hit job? Or just the result of our nasty overpriced medical system? I know it won’t help but I hope they now sue the hospital. Maybe it’s why they say nothing.

    • As usual, your blowin’ my mind..LOL. I knew NONE of that. As you know I have a medical background and I can tell you that today a valve replacement – done by a good specialist – is not a difficult thing to get done right. So.. what that tells me is he may have waited too long before going for the surgery. It is CRITICAL that you have strong, viable heart tissue at the valve site for success. If not, not ever the best surgeon can get it done right. He likely put off the surgery based on his schedule or maybe even some other unknown health issue unrelated that forced the delay. Generally, if you have average health with no serious complicating issues you can expect 4-5 years of comfortable life before alternatives are necessary. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/aortic-valve-repair-aortic-valve-replacement/about/pac-20385093

      It seems average success rates are in the middle 90s%. A defective valve has only two leaflets, so it’s called a bicuspid valve. A recent study found that aortic valve replacement surgery has a 94 percent five-year survival rate. Survival rates depend on: your age.Dec 15, 2015
      Valve Replacement Surgery as a Heart Disease Treatment | Healthline
      https://www.healthline.com › health › heart-disease › valve-replacement-surgery

      I’m ALWAYS suspicious when it comes to ROUTINE things that go VERY BAD!

      • Thanks! I missed that you had a more general medical background. Military training? I thought you worked in a psych ward. But, what about the infection? I wonder if they failed to put him on a prophylactic antibiotic? Also wonder what hospital he was in and their infection rates. They could have intentionally contaminated him. He was going full tilt against Trump from November 2016, I think. Almost every news release on Trump from Oversight should be in my blog going back to late 2016 or early 2017. He got the valve replacement-infection in July 2017. Then his knee was infected.

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