Friends, I am afraid that I have to tell you that Ned has, despite all our efforts, once again deteriorated. He is now so weak that he is unexpected to survive without emergency heart surgery this afternoon. This surgery is itself extremely risky and he has less than a 50% chance of survival. We have discussed his options with the cardiology team and have all agreed that this is his only chance. Surgery is due to commence at around 2pm and will last 5-6 hours.
He has proven again and again that he is a fighter but we must now leave his fate with him and his surgeon.
I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you have given us and ask, once again, for another huge collective force of love, prayers and hope.
Andy & Clare