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[ISN] Our thoughts are with friends and family of Brad Smith
By Bill Brenner
November 28, 2012
I want to take a moment and say a few things about Brad Smith, an
infosec professional who has had a big influence on the community. He
suffered a devastating stroke at last year's Hacker Halted conference in
Miami as he was delivering a talk, and his recovery has been full of
emotional ups and downs.
Sadly, according to a blog message from his wife, Nina, Brad has entered
a final decline. From her message :
More than a month ago, Brad had surgery to replace his skull with
a prosthetic medical grade plastic. The surgery went well. The
doctors were all very pleased. Then Brad began to have seizures
and subsequently suffered two additional hemorrhages - strokes.
The first of which was on the right side of his brain, almost a
mirror image of the very first one, affecting mobility on his left
side. The next was a hemorrhage in his left temporal lobe. At
first, Brad was responsive, and could track with his eyes and
tried to communicate, but he has been declining since. He is
currently at a long-term acute hospital north of Longmont, near
Loveland, CO. The VA has graciously provided for us once again.
Monday, we had a family meeting to address the next steps. The
doctor has seen no improvements in the two weeks since Brad
arrived here, and the likelihood of him ever being able to live on
his own without 24/7 assistance is next to zero. Life for Brad
would be in some kind of a nursing home facility. There's no
quality in that and he would never want that kind of existence (I
couldn't let that happen either). It was up to me to make a very
difficult decision, one of the hardest ever in my life.
I chose comfort care, which will honor his wishes and avail him a
dignified end. We agreed to have all medications stopped and
feeding tube turned off with the exception of pain medications as
Now it's just a matter of time. His parents and brother (and
wife) will arrive in Denver on Wednesday to be with us.
I met Brad a couple times, but didn't know him very well. But I'm well
aware of the respect and love people in the community have had for him.
To those in the community who are close to Brad, we at CSO extend our
sincere thoughts and prayers.
And for Brad and his family, we wish you peace and blessings in the
coming days and beyond.
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