Tuesday, May 06, 2003

More on SARS and ARDS

A while back I posted about SARS and ARDS. I didn't quite understand ARDS and how it related to SARS. In fact, I wasn't sure if it was a disease or simply the results of another disease and/or injury.

Eileen Rubin Zacharias, President of the ARDS Foundation was kind enough to send me an e-mail explaining:

"Jack, unfortunately, ARDS can be caused by anything. Currently, there are approximately sixty known precipitating causes. And one of our doctors, in fact, one from Toronto, verified that SARS has indeed become yet another precipitating cause to ARDS; Every ARDS patient is ventilated mechanically, most put into a drug induced coma for days, weeks or months. Half of those who get ARDS die. No prevention and no cure for ARDS. No press, either.

Dick Schaap, sports commentator, died from ARDS about a year ago, last January, after knee replacement surgery. (article copied at the bottom of the email) Jim Henson died from ARDS, but that was five years before I got it, and I was ill in 1995;

Here are all of our SARS/ARDS posts:



And this is what ARDS patients look like in crisis: http://ardsusa.org/patientphotos.htm"

People, January 14, 2002

Copyright 2002 Time Inc.

January 14, 2002


LENGTH: 314 words

HEADLINE: Great Sport;
A gift for storytelling--and making friends--defined sportscaster Dick Schaap

Dick Schaap's last weeks were nothing like his vibrant life. The celebrated sportscaster checked into Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital Sept. 19 for what he thought would be routine hip replacement surgery. But acute respiratory distress syndrome, a rare complication of surgery, caused his lungs to fail, and the normally garrulous Schaap, 67, lay still and silent in intensive care for 13 weeks before he died on Dec. 21. "It's unbelievable," says his son Jeremy, 32, a fellow ESPN sportscaster. "He was perfectly healthy when he walked in, other than a sore hip. He couldn't have been busier." (Lenox Hill declined to comment.) Known for his quick wit and graceful writing style, Schaap will be most remembered for the passion he brought to his work. Born in Brooklyn, he was a columnist for the New York Herald Tribune before branching out to television in 1971 to report for NBC and later ABC. His poignant, intimate stories, such as one on AIDS-stricken decathlete Tom Waddell, were landmark features, and he would go on to win six Emmys. But Schaap also took on politics and pop culture, writing more than 30 books, including the seminal 1968 sports confessional Instant Replay with Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer. "He was the smartest, funniest, quickest guy in the room," says Mike Lupica, his friendly sparring partner for the last 12 years on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. "You couldn't top him."

Yet the outgoing Schaap, who was married three times and fathered six children, took as much pride in his legion of friends as in his work. In his last days, though, only flashes of his lively, generous spirit remained. When Lupica came by the hospital, Schaap, by then unable to speak, slowly lifted his IV-strapped hand. "He gave me the finger," says Lupica with a laugh. "It was like he was saying, I'm not in great shape, but I'm still me. It was pure Schaap."

GRAPHIC: COLOR PHOTO: NEIL LEIFER, "I collect people," Schaap (with Muhammad Ali and Billy Crystal in '01) once said.; COLOR PHOTO: ADAM SCULL/RANGEFINDERS/GLOBE PHOTOS, "He had so much respect for those he covered," his son Jeremy says of Schapp (in '00).

LOAD-DATE: January 3, 2002

I suggest you head over to the ARDS Foundation Website and read about it. I don't see any links for donations, but if you are interested, drop a line to Eileen, and I'm sure she could arrange something.