My cousin was told 1 1/2 years ago he had liver problems due to alcohol ..he wasn't eating,lost weight,stomach swollen full of fluid and needed blood transfusions and he was yellow. Anyway got ok again but told no more alcohol. Within 4 months drinking again. Seen him Christmas Eve,he was fine,came to ours for tea,then went on a two day drinking session (he is 34) Boxing Day collapsed and died within a minute of getting out of bed dead. How? I thought liver failure was slow. How did he just die so quick? We are all confused He wasn't yellow or anything
The pathologist has said liver failure. We just can't comprehend how Christmas Day he is fine then the next he is dead. We assumed when the day came he would need hospital treatment again ..no swollen stomach nothing just gone.
It depends. My mother died of metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver. A week before she died she looked heavily pregnant. Hers was a rapid but steady deterioration in a hospital bed, and hypoxia was evident the night before she died. It wasn't alcohol related in any way.
Alcohol abuse over a long period can result in many things, from varices to severe damage to internal organs. It's a very difficult thing to comprehend but a post mortem will explain more how he died, and until then you're bound to have many questions, especially 'how?'
It's my aunt and uncle I feel for. My uncle was there and the moment he collapsed he was gone..he witnessed it. As he fell he cut his head. Maybe it was his heart caused by liver ..what a silly silly lad. If only he had stopped He was given a second chance and he didn't listen. They said next time you will be leaving in a box...I don't think he realised
It can result in the body being overdosed on potassium, which unfortunately causes heart failure. It was a contributing factor in my mothers death, which was in minutes, and very recently a friends sons death.
I think we all assumed when he got sick again he would be going yellow and swollen stomach etc. He hadn't had any symptoms (even tho we knew his liver was a mess) he still had half of liver working. I don't think we understood how quick it could happrn
It's always a shock , my dad died from a heart attack a few years ago . He was poorly with all sorts of things and although we knew he was poorly and wouldn't get better , we all presumed it would be years . Ok sort of grateful he went like he did because he was in a lot of pain . Your poor cousin obviously couldn't shake his addiction . How sad that he risked drinking again.. exactly the same as my friends cousin .
I remember watching Louis therouxs programme about alcoholism and one chap was seeing his dr to have yet more fluid drained from his abdomen and he was told there and then he had 3 weeks He didn't believe the Dr but it can happen very quickly. Very very sad I'm sorry for your loss X
I was just going to say "liver failure", it was my first thought when I read your OP.
Am so sorry for your loss.
I have a friend who is a "functional alcoholic" in that he can hold down a job but drinks excessively. He definitely has liver damage but I gather that liver damage can be rapid or slow going. It's an awful illness and I'm so sorry fo your family. A horrible time to lose a family member.