November 22nd, 2010 09:46 PM
Massad Ayoob's "significant other's" son stabbed, nearly killed, in Chicago
From his firearm blog:
On the morning of November 14th, significant other and I were awakened in the wee hours in Phoenix by a phone call from an Emergency Room in Chicago. Her son was there. He had been stabbed multiple times.
We diverted to Chicago. By the time we got there, the brilliant surgeons at Illinois Masonic Medical Center – one of four Level I trauma hospitals in the city – had done their magic. The attacker’s blade had pierced both spleen and diaphragm. He had lost so much blood the paramedics thought they were going to lose him in the ambulance, but new glue-like technology allowed the medicos to stanch the hemorrhage from the spleen without removing the organ. (My surgeon friends have long told me that trying to sew up solid abdominal viscera, liver or spleen, is like trying to suture Jello. You can live without your spleen, but your quality of life goes down thereafter.) They pretty much had to disembowel him to do the reconstruction and then re-pack everything into an incision that went from sternum to pubis, but they put him back together pretty damn well.
He went home last night, after eight days in what has – rightfully, I have to attest – been named one of the best hospitals in the United States. Being necessarily disassembled and reassembled in this fashion caused a “shock to the bowels” and it took a while for the digestive system to get back up and running. The young man is looking at eight weeks of serious convalescence, and probably 18 months to two years before he gets back to normal.
The attack took place outside an upscale restaurant/tavern in a nice neighborhood on the Northwest Side. So much for the shibboleth that “if you just stay away from bad places, nothing bad will ever happen to you.” Of course, in Chicago, ordinary people aren’t allowed carry anything to defend themselves against a lethal weapon assault.
Given Chicago’s level of violent crime today, the city’s undermanned, underequipped, and overburdened police department is doing a good job with the investigation. They believe they’ve identified the suspect. I anticipate an arrest soon.
A week at that hospital with the victim’s mom makes me (and the mom, and the victim’s lovely young wife, and their three fine sons) a little more in tune with the national Giving of Thanks that is scheduled this week. It ain’t just about turkey and cranberry sauce, is it?
I wish all of you reading this a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Don’t let celebration get in the way of remembering the name, and the meaning, of the holiday.
I can only tell you that on this end, we have much to give thanks for this coming Thursday.
Last edited by MattInFla; November 23rd, 2010 at 08:33 AM.
Reason: Added link to article
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November 22nd, 2010 09:54 PM
Glad the man lived through it.Knives are very dangerous even if a person is armed,which this man was not,I suppose.
November 22nd, 2010 09:55 PM
Happy everything is on it's way back to normal. I hope they catch the person responsible, and he gets what he deserves. Family should be close to the top of the Thanksgiving list.
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November 22nd, 2010 10:07 PM
I wonder ... One of the country's leading security and defense experts has a close family member gutted like a fish in a city that despises a well-defended citizenry and the liberty to do so. In a strange way, this specific crime might have a chance at being the straw that broke the camel's back, helping to start an unquenchable firestorm of criticism that ends up changing the position taken by anti-liberty, anti-defense Chicago. Perhaps.
My thoughts go out to Mas and his family. Tough times, with a close family member on a gurney.
May the one who attempted murder be caught soon and dealt with appropriately.
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November 22nd, 2010 10:39 PM
Prayers for all involved, and prayers of thanks for the doctors. That must be a tough city for the docs.
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November 23rd, 2010 05:34 AM
I hope the physical and emotional recovery continues to go smoothly for them all.
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November 23rd, 2010 05:52 AM
Sad news, but it could have been worse...hopefully the scumbag responsible will meet swift justice.
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November 23rd, 2010 06:57 AM
Prayers to the young man, Massad and the rest of the family. I hope the low life that committed this act is caught and does some serious time for his acts.
My thoughts exactly, I would be very surprised if Chicago doesn't get hit with a lawsuit, maybe more than one.
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November 23rd, 2010 07:34 AM
November 23rd, 2010 09:23 AM
Knives scare me more than guns. A shot or two from a gun and you're dead; a knife can turn you into a slab of sliced bacon, making you wish you were dead.
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November 23rd, 2010 09:25 AM
Prayers for Mass and his family and may the perp get what he so richly deserves. This one will undoubtedly gain more attention than your average assault in the Windy City! Just maybe it will get enough publicity to have some good come out of it for ALL the law abiding citizens of the peoples republic of Illinois that want to be able to protect themselves! Lets all hope and pray so!
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November 23rd, 2010 04:05 PM
Bad deal, hope he recovers soon. I too am shocked that Mas would have any peace of mind with family living in Chicago, none of us know all of the circumstances why the son lives there (school, job, GF, other family), but hopefully some good will come of this and the BG is caought and dealt with.
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November 23rd, 2010 04:18 PM
I have a cousin who has lived in Chicago his entire 62 years. He is so sick of the city he is moving across the border to Indiana where you CAN defend yourself.
November 23rd, 2010 10:04 PM
Glad that he is going to be OK. That was very bad internal injury & with a tough recovery.
The human body is an amazing machine though with regard to healing & I'm hoping that his recovery goes smoothly.
In the same breath I'm also hoping that they nail the low-life dirtbag that knifed him.
November 23rd, 2010 10:32 PM
I am so happy that I escaped Chicago and now live in a free state. Yet another example of why I was happy to leave.
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