Victoria man fighting for his life after complications from brain surgery

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.

A 21-year-old Victoria man was downgraded to critical condition at a Houston hospital because of complications from a recent brain surgery.

About two months after being admitted to a Houston rehabilitation center, Nicholas "Niko" Ramirez's health and recovery have now declined to the point that he was placed in a medically induced coma, in which he is unable to breathe for himself, his mother, Doriann Ramirez, said.

Niko Ramirez underwent two brain surgeries to replace areas of his skull that were removed after his May 26 motorcycle accident and to put a shunt in his head to remove fluid on the brain.

About a week after the surgery, he began to shut down, and any previous signs of improvement diminished, his mother said.

A CAT scan revealed immense fluid on her son's brain, and he was rushed into emergency surgery, she said.

Doctors told Doriann Ramirez that her son may not wake up this time, but she is staying faithful.

"He's gonna wake up," she said. "He didn't get this far for God to take it away - we worked so hard."

Ramirez is being weaned off the medicine keeping him in a coma. Doctors are preparing to take him off a ventilator to see if he can breathe on his own, his mother said. If he cannot breathe on his own, she said, a tracheotomy tube will be used instead.

"To wake up and realize that your son's fighting for his life again - it's tough," she said. "We're starting all over again."



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