Stu Shiffman, after a period of steady improvement while recovering from a stroke suffered in June, was returned to the Neurological ICU at Harborview on December 21 to determine why he was becoming less responsive.
Now doctors have learned the problem – serious, but not life-threatening – is a Methicillin-Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus infection in his throat. MSRA is a bacterium that is resistant to some but not all antibiotics. It’s treatable, localized, and not in any major organs or his brain.
Tom Whitmore also noted in his CaringBridge update, “Knowing what’s going on has given Andi some real relief. The medical team is not particularly worried about this, and that lack of worry means Andi isn’t worried.”