Former KHJ/KIIS PD Ted Atkins In Dire Straits
July 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends its prayers to TED ATKINS, legendary PD for KHJ circa '70-72 and KIIS/LOS ANGELES. TED's wife, KAREN, sent this note to LARADIO.COM:
"We need your prayers. TED has been doing well but had a serious setback this morning and had to be put on a ventilator. He is having trouble breathing and, despite regular breathing treatments, his blood gasses are low so he needs help from the vent. He has pneumonia and some fluid around the lungs but not enough to warrant chest tubes to drain the fluid. He is getting massive doses of antibiotics. He also has some excess fluid in the abdomen but no infection. He has been in the ICU for 12 days now and it is taking its toll. He has been through a lot. He is still critical but the prognosis is 'cautiously optimistic.' The doctors are keeping TED deeply sedated now which is common practice for anyone on a vent. This has been a long scary day -- please say a prayer for him."