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My brother got the all clear from his lung cancer last November after months of treatment , he became short of breath last week and Saturday I talked him into letting me get him to A & E , the first thought was severe lung infection , later that night he was found to have pneumonia , he was put on antibiotics and fluid and taken to a ward , the next morning we were told he had been moved to the critical care unit , Sunday night they tried to slow his heart rate as it was to fast , his heart stopped and they had to shock him back , he was on a ventilator with face mask , last night his breathing deteriorated and he had to be sedated and a tube inserted to help him breath , I'm so worried now that he may not make it , has anyone out there had any experience of this and survived , I need some hope . Many thanks Angie

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I have had pneumonia six times and it is not pleasant the last time I was put on antibiotics and steroids and four days in hospital but that was three years ago just keep everthing crossed good luck

Hi Angie,

I'm wondering how long your brother was feeling sick. I actually had a lady dr. Who was out for many mos.Finally, when I went in for an app. She was back. She told me she had pneumonia and had to be incubated. She almost didn't make it.

She said she had to learn to walk all over again. I'm not saying this to scare you.

I'm saying it to let you know she did get better and dont lose hope. I will say a prayer for you and your brother. Please let us know how hes doing. You must be so scared. We're here for you. Don't hesitate to talk to us day or night. Most always somebody around day and night. What kind of lung cancer did your brother have?

Hope to hear some good news soon from you .


I was desperately ill with viral pneumonia in 2013. My heart rate was over 180 and it took the doctors 4 days of trying different drugs to get it back to normal. I also became fevered and had 12 hours of cold towels applied to my head and armpits until my temperature was normal. All in all I had 6 days in Intensive care before I was transferred to a ward. The recovery period was 12 months before I got the all clear but here I am writing to you - I just hope my experience gives you hope and I wish you well in what is a desperate situation.


Good Morning Angie, I cannot offer you any advise but I would like to send you and your brother much love and sending you both every good wish. It must be very scary and worrying for you - at least you persuaded him to go hospital and it sounds as if he is getting the best possible care. Take good care, lots of love TAD xxx

Thinking of you both God Bless xx

Hi Angie, so sorry to hear your news. I have a female relative, 70yrs. old. In the last month was admitted to critical care with pneumonia. Her husband was told it was highly unlikely that she would ever come home! She was sedated and tube down throat to give oxygen. Later family were old she had had a heart attack. After five days they knew what antibiotics to prescribe. 7 days in critical care then the one slightly less severe, and 2 days later the ordinary ward and 2 days later home. She is still very weak and finding it hard to eat, but she is home. I hoe this gives you one hope for your relative. Hoping and praying for them, best wishes barnowl


Hi Angie, following severe asthma attack and needing to be hospitalised I went on to develop pneumonia followed by septicemia. Taken to the ICU, put in a medically induced coma and was on life support for two weeks. I was 53 and the staff told my family to prepare for the worst. Eventually had a tracheostomy and spent a further 3 weeks on a ward. Couldn't even lift a pen or a cup to start with, let alone walk but that was 7 years ago.

Very much hoping your brother can come through this and am sending a warm hug and a little prayer for you both ~ Lovelight

So sorry Angie1966 am thinking of you and fingers crossed he will come through it okay prayer for your brother

Hello Angie,

Having been in a similar situation to your brother I can understand how you are feeling.

I had lung cancer 5/6 years ago resulting in a lobectomy (part removal of my right lung). Some time later I entered hospital again with an exacerbation of COPD and a further internment with Pneumonia of which I was sure in my mind that I would not recover. But here I am 5/6 years later typing away on my computer. So I wish both you and your brother the very best of wishes and pray that he has a speedy recovery.

Hi Angie , do hope that your brother makes a speedy recovery & my thoughts are with you at this worrying time . I just wanted to tell you my experience with my husband three years ago .He went into hospital for a biopsy to try & get a diagnosis for the problems he was having with his lungs which had been going on for ten years . After the biopsy every thing went pear shaped & three days later he was in ICU on a ventilator with his surgeon telling me that he was most probably going to die . After five weeks in hospital, most of it in ICU , he eventually came home. His recovery took a long time but very slowly he improved & some months later he was able to do a couple of days at work again ( he is a Health & Safety Trainer ) My point is , please don't give up & be positive when visiting your brother- the surgeon said he felt that the fact that my cousin ( with whom I was staying ) were so positive had helped Mike even though he was on a ventilator . I firmly believe he knew that we were there & willing him on . Everyone on this site will be thinking of you both & hoping for good news soon from you .Take care , Helen .x

Thank you everyone for your kind words and support , I'm sorry to say my brother lost his fight this afternoon , they found that the cancer had retuned as well , I'm heart broken but found warmth and comfort from you all , thank you x


I'm so very sorry. You must be heartbroken. There are no right words for this pain. We're all been there at some time. I'm so sorry for your loss Angie. Feel free to come back and talk anytime.we're all here

for you.


Sooooo very sorry for your loss. I do hope that you were able to be with him at the end??

So sorry to hear your sad news. Angel. What a terrible time you have been through. You gave him your love and support which will have made all the difference. I am sure he knew you were there. I send you my love and condolences at this very sad time.

Hi Angie,

I am so very, sorry for the love of your beloved brother who had been through so much. May he rest in peace. He knew he was loved by you and that is so important, and you did all that a sister could do.

Wishing you the comfort, strength and peace that you need at this time.

hugs from Huggs xxx

Angel - I was so sorry to read your post & that your much loved brother has passed away . Thinking about you & your family & hope you can remember all the happy times you had with him . He is now at peace . Love , Helen .

So sooo sorry, my thoughts are with you.

Lots of hope coming your way.

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