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A family member just had transthorasicesophagectomy with gastric pull-up (TTE) surgery on Friday as part of his treatment for EC. He is hooked up to a ventilator to breath and has been kept sedated and in ICU since. Yesterday the doctors told us that he had developed Pneumonia and some sort of infection and will need to remain sedated and vented. Today the doctor stated that his levels were getting closer to where they needed to be but that they were going to sedate him even heavier to get the levels looking better. Does this sound normal? Does my loved one have a chance? Thank you in advance for reading my questions..... Melissa read more.