Scott Marr, best known as 'The Voice of Creighton Basketball’ suffered what was believed to be a massive stroke on December 12th. Doctor's told his devastated family that the swelling in the brain was so severe that his condition was 'unrecoverable.'
On the heels of this stunning diagnosis, and after watching their father deteriorate over two long days, his grown children were forced to face the unfathomable - the prospect of a future without their beloved dad.
“He was intubated, and he didn’t look like he was in any pain or anything, but he wasn’t responding to commands or reflexes,” Scott’s daughter, Preston Marr, told KETV. “The neurosurgeon said if there was anything he could do, he would do it, but that we needed to prepare ourselves for the reality of the situation.”
It all started when his son found Scott at home, and could not get him to respond.
“On Dec. 12 — a day after Marr’s 61st birthday — his son found him lying in bed, unresponsive but breathing. An ambulance took Marr to Methodist Hospital.”
But it was when they arrived at the emergency room and were met by the hospital chaplain, they experienced a 'sinking feeling.’
That’s when they got the grim news. Scans revealed tremendous swelling of Scott’s brain. “Doctors said scans appeared to show signs of a severe stroke.”
With nothing that could be done that night, “There was nothing we could fix or do surgically that night,” said Dr. John Treves, a neurosurgeon who treated Marr initially.
The children reluctantly went home to begin processing the dramatic change to their world that had just happened.
But it was when the kids returned to the hospital the next day, they got more bad news. Because he still had minimal brain activity, their father was not a candidate for organ donation. That’s when they collectively decided that the best thing for their dad was to let him go. First step: removing him from life support.
Preston told the Omaha World-Herald, “None of us wanted him lying in that hospital bed any longer than he had to.”
“[Doctors] told us he was on his way to brain death so we said our goodbyes before extubating him, all the monitors were shut off and we waited by his side,” Marr’s daughter, Preston told KETV.
The four kids went home that night devastated and with an appointment the next day to make his final arrangements. But, the next morning something made them change their minds and they canceled the appointment. They made one final trip to the hospital instead.
That’s when everything changed…
“Hi, Dad,” Preston said as she walked into the room. Eyes still closed, her dad cracked a smile.
“I literally thought I was dreaming,” Preston said. “It was the craziest moment ever.”
Then, like a dream, things started to happen but seemed unreal.
“She asked her dad to squeeze her hands. He couldn’t. She asked him to move his thumbs. Slowly, he did. She asked him to wiggle his toes. Each toe wiggled.
“After he regained consciousness, Marr started to improve and was diagnosed with Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome or PRES.”
Doctors say that “the severe swelling Marr experienced is not typically a symptom of the syndrome, which is why doctors initially suspected a stroke.
“Rather,” said Dr. Rebecca Runge of Methodist, “people are conscious and might experience vision changes, headache, or high blood pressure.” What Scott was experiencing was far more than that.
Creighton basketball head coach Greg McDermott made this touching statement: “T. Scott did an incredible job covering the Creighton basketball program during his 16 years doing play-by-play.
“Everyone within our program couldn’t be more pleased to hear he’s been released from the hospital as he continues to make his incredible recovery.”
People reports, “Now, Scott is in recovery, undergoing physical and occupational therapy. He’s earned the name ‘Miracle Man.’"
Scott is in full agreement with that moniker. “I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday, but I do believe in God. I believe with all my heart.
“And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true. That he loves me. That he’s right there for me. … It was pretty much a miracle.”
AMEN!! Will you join us in praying for Scott’s continued recovery?
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