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a family friend has recently passed, at the age of 24. He was diagnosed with ITP two years ago and had his spleen removed. Last Saturday he became very ill and couldn't stop vomiting. When he went to the hospital they determined he needed his blood cleaned but when they attempted to separate the plasma it was not yellow like lemonade it was black like oil. He later died of liver failure that Wednesday. Supposedly he was in excruciating pain towards the end so they had to sedate him until he passed away. He never complained, so would there have been symptoms way earlier to that Saturday or could something have killed him within only a week of symptoms? What could've caused such a quick and unexpected death? I couldn't find the answer online, do you know?
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That is very very sad.
to answer your question:
methemalbumin can cause abnormal dark color in serum samples.
"Methemalbumin, formed when albumin binds excess hemin (oxidized free heme), consistent with intravascular hemolysis"
As to why this was happening, I don't know.
It could be due to ITP, that an internal bleeding happened, something happened to the red blood cells....
I'll make sure to look into that. They didn't get a coroner's report but I think that was a mistake. They're Jewish so they had to have the body buried within a short amount of time since they don't believe in embalming.
it happened just bcoz of stress, depression.
It's amazing what stress can cause. I've had to be hospitalized in the past due to stress causing me to collapse from pain. I'm so sorry for your loss. More needs to be done to combat stress and depression.
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