Here’s the latest email from Ray Martin who is Chris Martin’s father:
Chris continues to be in good spirits. Per the hospital staff, Chris does everything the Nurse tells him to do no matter what. Chris is taking this very seriously and wants to get better. At this stage, I am not sure when Chris will be released. It could be a couple of months from now.
The good news is that as of now, Chris is not getting worse. Unfortunately, He also is not getting better. The medication they have him on is not working. It looks like Chris will definitely need a heart transplant. They are starting to do tests for this. Both psychological and physical. One of the tests they did was to feed Chris radioactive eggs. Something about following the eggs to see how his digestive track is doing.
The first that that went through my mind when I heard this was:
I do not like radioactive eggs Sam I Am. I will not eat them in a car, I will not eat them out of a jar, I will not eat them near or far. I do not like radioactive eggs Sam I Am. OK a bit corny. But you got to get the jokes in where they fit.
One thing that Chris is experiencing is that his right lung is partially collapsed. He is doing lung exercises to increase his lung capacity. He gets out of breath easily and sometimes has trouble finishing his sentences.
Chris tommorrow is going to have some type of procedure done. They are going to have a tube placed in him through his neck artery and it will end in his heart. I hear that there will be some type of balloon at the end of it that will be in his heart. I was not able to talk to his doctor about this unfortunately, so I am not sure what purpose this serves. Chris will be in a different room for a couple of days while he is going through this. But as of now, not sure where he will be. I will keep you posted.
Chris has made a good friend in the hospital. His name is Ato (pronounced AW-TWO). He is a good young man and is a Christian. I met his family and they are good people and Christians as well. Ato is also a heart patient and young (he turned 34 yesterday). We need to keep Ato in our prayers as well. After hearing a little of his story, I told him he should change his name to Job. While in a hospital in Marin County, he slipped into a coma. The previous hospital told the family to expect the worse as there is nothing they can do. The family moved him to the same hospital that Chris is in. He woke up in California Pacific Medical Center after an 18 day coma. Upon waking up, he learned that his apartment burned to the ground and he lost everything. But we know how good our God is. Friends of his got him a new apartment waiting for him when he is released. Other friends got him furniture and a TV. Clothes were donated. He has more now then prior to being in the hospital. The new apartment is also larger and a lessor price.
Please let’s keep both of these young men in our prayers.
I will keep everyone posted as to Chris’s prognosis. My next update probably will not be until Saturday night.