Brief Marc Orchant status update


As you have no doubt heard by now good friend Marc Orchant had a heart attack last Sunday morning.  A lot of people are contacting me asking for updates on Marc’s status so I wanted to share what I know about his condition.  Marc has not regained consciousness since his attack and is still in the cardiac care unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.  His condition is largely unchanged but he has his family with him and we are all hoping and praying that he wakes up.  His condition is critical but stable and during tragedies such as this you cling to anything you can so his stability is a very good thing.  You can send flowers and cards for Marc to the following address:

Presbyterian Hospital
Cardiac Care Unit Bed #3
1100 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Oliver Starr is in contact with Marc’s family and has started an update page where he will post any new information as it comes in.  It’s great to see that the huge outpouring of sentiment from the technical community is helping his family cope with this tragedy.  Oliver has posted this uplifting message from Marc’s wife Sue for the community:

A Message from Sue Orchant

Hi everyone. I want you all to know that your amazing, incrediblyoverwhelming, heartfelt response of love, concern, and good wishes forMarc is helping myself, Rebecca, Jason and our family get through thisdifficult time.

Please keep sending those prayers and positive energy Marc’s way. Heknows as well as I that you are all there for him. I’ll have to tellhim that he’ll need to change his name to George Bailey (It’s aWonderful Life). It’s a beautiful thing to see.

In this past day we have seen some baby steps of improvement. He hassome response to stimuli and his oxygen levels and heart rate haveimproved. I am guardedly optimistic. He still has not regainedconsciousness but we will take things minute by minute.

It’s hard to put into words but I know you are all here with me andI appreciate you all. I will update you as soon as I know more.

Thank You.

Sue and the Orchant Family


Get well buddy, we miss you.


Michael Sampson

Thursday December 6, 3.45pm Pacific
I called the hospital for an update, and spoke with Ed, Marc’s brother from the East Coast. He said that it is still very touch and go. There has been some physiological improvement, some organs have stabilized, but Marc has still not yet regained consciousness. As such, they still have no update on brain functioning, or how long he was without oxygen. He has opened his eyes a few times today and tracked light. Ed and all the family who are there are hopeful that every hour brings improvement. Someone is with him all the time, and they are looking forward to him opening his eyes and saying, “so what’s happening?”.

Marc’s iPhone is in his pocket, playing the music that he loves constantly.

The family is grateful for the worldwide support network.

Michael Sampson

3.13pm Pacific

I rang the hospital for an update, and they gave the phone to Sue. She said that Marc is just back from having an EEG scan (heart function) and CT scan (brain function). He has not regained any consciousness, however his body functions are improving so that he could be moved for the tests. He is now responding to pain (eg, reacts when arms and feet are pressed), and his eyes are responding to light. There is better stability on heart rate and blood pressure. The family is awaiting the report from the neurosurgeon.

One day at a time.

Philip Ferris

I am not geared up to do this and don’t know if it is feasible but:

Would it be possible for people to phone in to a skype number with positive messages for marc and for someone to stitch them into a podcast? The idea being that the family would have the option to play the resulting podcast to Marc – I hear tales of people being played all sorts of things to help them draw out of comas and just wondered if it would help and also be another positive boost to the family.

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