Michael Lynagh remains in critical condition
April 20, 2012
Michael Lynagh suffered a stroke on Monday © Getty Images
Michael Lynagh's medical team has confirmed that the former Australia international did suffer a stroke earlier this week and remains in a critical condition.
Lynagh remains in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Intensive Care Unit. His doctor has now revealed the reasons behind Lynagh's stroke and stated the next few days are "critical".
"This stroke has affected his vision, coordination and balance," said Dr Rob Henderson. "An occlusion of an artery is a complete blockage in blood flow. The blockage can be due to a blood clot that comes from the heart or a split in the artery wall; the latter is believed to be the cause in Michael's case.
"The next few days are critical because of swelling in the region of the brainstem, but current signs are positive. He is being cared for by a Neurologist, Neuroradiologist, Neurosurgeon and Intensive Care staff."
Since news of Lynagh's stroke became public, messages have been pouring in from around the world and his father Ian said: "On behalf of Michael, I would like to thank the public and his friends for their well wishes and the overwhelming support for Michael. It has been a difficult few days and it is reassuring to know that there are so many people who care. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital staff continue to do an excellent job and we know he is in the very best of hands."
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