Six Months After Stroke
Six months ago, on October 26th, 2013, during the intermission of a performance in Laredo, TX, Ricardo Anglada suffered a severe ischemic stroke caused by self-manipulation of the neck, AKA “popping the neck”. He was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that the stroke happened in two places, the cerebellum and the brain stem. His parents and fiancée immediately drove to Texas to be by his side and his family and friends worked diligently to help him get the care he needed. In his twelve days at the Laredo hospital, his condition worsened and the doctors told him and his family that he wouldn’t be able to walk, talk, eat, and breathe on his own. Emergency air transport moved Ricardo, in a very fragile state, to the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Stroke Unit. During the first morning under intensive care, doctors came in to assess Ricardo’s condition in preparation for a possible tracheotomy. Instead of operating, they decided to give him a chance to breathe on his own by removing the intubation tubes. Miraculously, at that very moment, and with thanks to all your loving prayers, he began to recover!
Since the stroke, with thanks to God, family, friends, healing artists, and determination, Ricardo is making a strong recovery. He regained the abilities to walk, talk, eat, and breathe on his own. He actively participates in natural therapies and lives a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. He is home now, studying guitar daily. Improvements are steady and slow as he has to retrain his right hand, his speed, and his rhythm. With patience, determination, and lots of practice, as with most things, he will gain the ability to perform again. We all anticipate his return to the stage!
A Message From Ricardo:
Thank you all so much for your prayers, donations, and support. You are all helping me recuperate in positive ways. I think of you all as family and I thank God everyday that you are a part of my life. With God and love, all things are possible!
photos courtesy of the family