Tim West Hospitalized with Brain Mass

As Austin Cassidy and Tim’s fiancee, Gloria, reported, LibertyForSale.com‘s Tim West is hospitalized at Georgetown University Hospital.

I spoke with Gloria a few minutes ago, and will relay what is known of Tim’s condition. As she wrote, they were driving (presumably in West Virginia) when Tim complained of numbness on the left side of his body. She immediately took him to a local hospital, where Tim suffered a seizure. After a CT was administered, they discovered a large mass on the right side of his brain. They evacuated him by helicopter to Georgetown University Hospital in DC.

Gloria told me that they are still running tests on Tim, including bloodwork, EKGs and what appears to be a cerebral angiogram. She has not spoken to any doctors yet, so there is no real update on his diagnosis. It is likely (based on what has been presented so far) that he has either a bleed, aneurysm or tumor.

He is currently intubated and sedated. The sedation is common in order to keep him from ripping out the tube. As a result, it is difficult to determine how Tim actually feels at this time. Gloria said it is likely they will remove the tube today.

Tim’s dad is with him, and they are still trying to contact his brother. His co-workers have now been notified.

Visitors must be confirmed by his family. In the meantime, I’ve got a current phone number and room number, if anyone has a serious need to contact his family. I’m not going to publish it for obvious reasons, but contact me if you would like the information.

Since I blog at LibertyForSale as well as here, I’ll try to keep Tim’s site going by cross-posting appropriate material until we get some idea of how Tim is going to do. I think he would want that.

Finally, I told Gloria that (by now) thousands of people are praying for Tim’s recovery, and she seemed very comforted by that.

Tim has always loved blog comments, so I’ll compose an electronic card for him from the comments you leave on sites where his condition is posted. I can’t think of anything better that we could do to help cheer him up at the moment.

7 Comments
  1. I hope he has a speedy recovery. I’m a regular reader of LFS as well and he always has a refreshing angle or insight on LP issues that I look forward to him coming back to soon.

  2. Tim

    I hope you get better soon. I miss your blogging already. Your insights are always interesting.

  3. Tim:

    Our disagreements are trivia now. I can only hope for your speedy recovery.

    Best wishes.

    —the Bikemessenger

  4. My best of wishes are certainly with Tim and his family in these trying times. Though I’ve only known him through these blogs I still consider him a good friend and kindred spirit. Get better, Tim!

    Lenny

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