24 Nov '11, 10pm

A personal perspective on end-of-life care: In May, he underwent a second lobectomy due to a cancerous growth, t...

THIS is to clarify the report "Broadcast veteran Ananda Perera dies" (Sept 30) on the cause of my beloved husband's demise. He was deemed to have died of pneumonia. In May, he underwent a second lobectomy due to a cancerous growth, this time on the left lung. Apparently, given the size of both lobectomies and other health factors, he suffered a mild heart attack and a stroke. In both cases, his cancer was at stage one. He pulled through only to have pneumonia set in. He was on a ventilator throughout his four-and-a-half month stay in intensive care at the Singapore General Hospital but believed he would come home and fought with amazing fortitude. But having two half lungs put him in jeopardy. His lungs became atrophied. Then came the second bout of what was diagnosed as pneumonia. This time, whatever infection it was seemed drug-resistant. Eventually, his blood pressure d...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111125-0000012/A-per...

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