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Aug 10, 2006

If you’ve spent time at BAES, GBC-ASA, or BAES meetings, you’ve likely have met Ira Leonard. Ira had a stroke some time ago which limited movement on one side, but otherwise he could get around. Unfortunately, Alvin Foster told me that he took a turn for the worse yesterday:

Starting around 3:30 PM today, Joe Leonard talked to multiple specialist at [Mass General Hospital]. The neurologist reported that Ira was, as a result of the massive strokes, essentially in a ‘vegetative’ state. In layman’s terms - even if Ira were to recover from the phenomena, he would have no communication skills or cognitive functions. Joe has decided to give Ira an additional few days before he decides to remove life supports in the hope that the doctors’ prognosis and Ira’s life signs change.

At this point, this is all I know. Email me (scroll to the bottom of the page) if you want updates on his progress.

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