Malaysian yoyo player and friend to many, Ahmad Dimi suffered a stroke over the weekend. Dimi is a pillar of the Malaysian yoyo scene, and beloved by all who have met him.
Surgeons were able to successfully remove the blood clot in his brain, and as of today he is awake and able to recognize the people around him. Local yoyo players have been visiting him in the hospital as often as possible to keep his spirits up, and doctors are monitoring his blood pressure to make sure he’s not at risk for a second stroke or complications from the first.
The right side of his body is partially paralyzed, and it will be a long road to recovery for Dimi with medical care and physical therapy. A GoFundMe page sprung up immediately, and even though it’s met the original goal, further donations are needed and welcome to help Dimi with the costs of ongoing care and recovery.
On a personal note, Dimi is one of the kindest and most gentle people I’ve ever known, and one of my best friends in the world. He personifies everything that we love about our community, and is a constant reminder to me to try harder and be a better person. Please donate if you can, and signal boost the fundraiser to help spread the word. Thank you.
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 12,2019 @ 4:07 pm (Malaysian time)
As before, Dimi can move his left side (sometimes aggressively) but still no movement on his right. However while he cannot move his right side, the doctor said when they did tests on the side he showed reaction to it. We take this as a positive.
Dimi is still sleeping most of the time because the effect of the injury to the part of the brain. He is no longer on sleeping medication, but still needs a nasal oxygen tube and feeding tube.
His blood pressure is still high, which is why he is still in ICU. This is likely because of damage to his liver caused by gout, and the hospital is providing medication for this. Once his blood pressure is lower he can be moved to normal ward and starts active physiotherapy. He has already started passive rehab.
Dimi recognizes some of the visitors who’ve come and knows that people are here, but he hasn’t spoken yet and he can’t see because he’s not wearing his glasses. The nurses did say he says his name to them when they asked him.
CT scan post op has shown that the swelling and midshift have decreased. Another CT scan will be done later in the week.