My husband, Russ, had his surgery for T3N1 adenocarcinoma on 23 July and then underwent the usual X-rays and scans to ensure that healing had taken place before he started eating and drinking and all looked fine. However, ten days later collapsed with mediastinitis, sepsis and multi organ failure requiring life saving surgery. Surgeons couldn't find any evidence of a leak or "pop" or the cause of what could have caused the infection and sepsis which was very frustrating. Russ spent over three weeks in intensive care, most of it on ventilation and is now on a ward trying to recover. Eating and drinking is being resumed again although he is very apprehensive about it which is only natural. His surgeons and critical care team call him "Miracle Man" as he was not meant to survive such a catastrophic complication. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced a similar fate and how long it took to regain some strength. It only goes to show, that you must never give up whatever this dreadful cancer throws your way.