RIP Jon “Mr. Brodie Lee/Luke Harper” Huber (1979-2020) Jan 9, 2021 19:27:05 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by The Thread Barbarian on Jan 9, 2021 19:27:05 GMT -5
"Huber was first hospitalized in Tampa when his lungs stopped working for reasons that still aren’t clear. The fact he was tested more than a dozen times for COVID-19, shows that the doctors at the Mayo Clinic were looking for that to be the reason. But every test came up negative, including for antibodies which would show if he somehow previously had it and it slipped through the cracks. He was being tested by AEW every time he came to television, which would mean sometimes weekly, and other times every other week.
AEW, and in specific, Megha Parekh, the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal officer for both the Jacksonville Jaguars and AEW, as well as the Khan family’s General Counsel, were able to get him moved, via airlift, from the hospital in Tampa, where the family lived, to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on 10/31. The treatment at the Mayo Clinic was top-notch but also very expensive so a lot of strings had to be pulled. The diagnosis by that time was bleak, and while the odds were always strongly against him, there was hope the Mayo Clinic could save him.
Amanda Huber informed those in the company on 11/7, so all the key people that worked with him knew. She asked everyone to keep it quiet. He didn’t want the information out and she didn’t want rumors to spread, so everyone kept it quiet.
Jon Huber would have needed a lung transplant. He would need to get on the list, qualify, and get a donor and the lungs needed to be fit for size. With him being 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, that made things more complicated. He would then have to live his life heavily immunocompromised and take a lot of anti-rejection drugs. But he never got healthy enough to qualify for a lung transplant.
For those in the company, it had been two straight months where they knew the end result was likely inevitable."
I can't imagine how painful that was for everyone involved to know what was likely coming and being unable to stop it. Props to everyone for knowing all of that and keeping it hidden and still being able to go out there and perform.
Major props to Tony for using his influence to get Jon airlifted and at Mayo clinic (yes the article mentions Megha Parekh, but stuff like this is influenced from the very top)