Hi, my brother is an alcoholic and recently came to stay with us as he had been asked to leave his rented accommodation. We were shocked by how much weight he had lost and then his belly started swelling and then his feet and legs. My mum got him to agree to make a doctors appointment. He got one for the following week but by the Sunday his belly was so swollen he looked 9 months pregnant. We called 111 and were advised to go to the out of hours clinic at the local hospital. The doctor there took one look at him and admitted him. Over the next two days we were told that he had decompensated cirrhosis and that we should be prepared that he might not make it. On the Tuesday afternoon we arrived to visit just as he was being taken for an endoscopy and that was the last time we saw him conscious. They had to give him a general to band the varices in his oesophagus and since then, despite two attempts, have not been able to get him off the ventilator. He has been in an induced coma since Tuesday afternoon. The consultant says that the biggest problem is he has no muscle in his chest. I was wondering if anyone has been through similar with a loved one and what we might expect. We have been told to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. He is being seen by the gastroenterology consultant tomorrow so I guess they'll be able to tell us more about the liver. Just wonder at this point if he'll ever come off the ventilator? He is 42 years old.