Michael Badnarik reportedly conscious following heart attack

Lew Rockwell reports:

UPDATE from David Kramer: Michael is reportedly conscious, and has had a pacemaker installed. His family requests no visitors or calls for now.

H/T Steve LaBianca on the original article posted earlier today to IPR by Tom Knapp.

49 thoughts on “Michael Badnarik reportedly conscious following heart attack

  1. Rita Murphy

    Thank you for the update. I hope and pray Michael’s determination, strong will, and love of life and liberty keeps him fighting.

  2. Don Lake .......... More Paul Harvey Moments

    His condition is serious.

    His mother, Elaine, reported to Gary Franchi that Badnarik was in Madison, Wisconsin attending a hearing regarding a raw milk case. After the hearing he got in a car to go to lunch with friends, He then slumped over. His friends attempted CPR and contacted the paramedics. They attempted to revive him 3 times with no success. Upon the 4th attempt, his heart was revived but with erratic behavior.

    He was taken by helicopter to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital CCU in Lacrosse, WI. Please do no call or visit the hospital, only family is allowed at this time. He has been fitted with a temporary pacemaker and a balloon pump to ease stress on his heart.

  3. NewFederalist

    Sad news but I hope he will make a full recovery. I am also very pleasantly surprised that Don Lake has taken such a positive and proactive role in disseminating information. Thanks, Don!

  4. Don Lake .......... More Paul Harvey Moments

    We [the anti Duopoly Establishment Loyal Opposition] need to out reach with [even uncomfortable] allies in candidacy, anti war, anti Federal Reserve, letters to the editor, blog posts, and other communications. Can there be any doubt it is the Democans and the Republicrats whom have ‘screwed the pooch’ ???? Even if we end up as nothing more than an asterisk to an asterisk, we need to leave a ‘paper trail’ of protest[s].

  5. Michael Cavlan

    Damn

    Sorry to hear. As a Critical Care Nurse, I understand how serious this is. It is not necessarily fatal though.

    I was at one point and official Badnarick Observer in Ohio 2004, since there were not enough at the time. I still have the official paperwork. All of the papers I have is historic, even if so few know why or how.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at this time.

  6. Jan Wysocki

    Mike, you are only allowed to get better.
    We need You to continue what is already in motion. You’ve set fire in many people hearts and minds and thouse hearst and minds are with YOU right now.

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  8. sunny

    michael b is such a good guy and he is so passionate, decicated and committed to educating people about the constitution and libertyty.

    please say some prayers for him and his family.

  9. Pat

    Is this not the same guy that attacked another Libertarian Presidential Candidate and made up lies about him?

    Just wondering…

    -Pat

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    Pat,

    I suspect you’re thinking of someone else.

    I don’t ever recall Badnarik referring to Harry Browne in any negative way, and he appeared at least once on Browne’s radio show (I listened to the interview from his end, as he was doing it on his cell phone while I drove him from Carbondale, Illinois to St. Louis, MO).

    For that matter, I can’t offhand think of a negative comment made by Michael Badnarik about any Libertarian.

  11. Larry Graves

    I knew Harry Browne personally and I know Michael B personally, and it must have been someone else who dissed Harry Browne — MB would not do that. He is a total and complete gentleman.

  12. WD HERRIN

    I think the person who attacked Harry was George Bush, or Bill Clinton, or George Bush, or was it Al Gore? Anyway, Obama was the organizer.
    Best wishes to MB. I know him personally, as well, coudn’t ask for a more didicated patriot.

  13. Alex Popoff

    I still have my rapid refund stimulus form I got from the IRS during the days of Bush. I’m going to frame it because its a bribe. Get well soon dude..I love your youtube teaching vids.

  14. libertariangirl

    I just got off the phone with Michael Badnarik’s Mother, Elaine. She informed me that his condition seems to have “backslid”. They were were hoping that he would have been released on Wednesday to his Mother’s care in Indiana but his condition is still critical.

    Michael came out of his unconscious state, unbound his wrists some how, and removed the breathing tube from his throat. His mother remarked that when Michael came to he asked to be released. He doesn’t understand how serious his situation is.

    The hospital had to sedate him again to put the breathing tube back in because he is having trouble breathing.

    They cannot find the reason for his breathing problem… so he is currently sedated to ease the pressure on his lungs and heart.

    His heart is still in atrial fibrillation and had to be hit with the AED defibrillator to reset its rhythm.

    He will be sedated until his condition can be stabilized.. .

    He is still at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital CCU in Lacrosse, WI. Please do not call or visit the hospital, only family is allowed.

    Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

    In Freedom,

    Gary Franchi
    National Director
    Restore the Republic

  15. Michael H. Wilson

    LG can we send cards? or some sort of get well message. Getting something from 100 or more of us might boost his spirits when he begins to improve. If we can send cards shall they be sent to his parent’s home or elsewhere and can you get an address?

    Thanks,
    MW

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  17. Don Lake .......... More Libs Lacking a Lib Perspective

    Earth calling Mike Wilson,
    Earth calling Mike Wilson,
    [ and Don Lake is the one getting
    the snarkie 'take your meds'
    remarks! ] We (Citizens For A
    Better Veterans Home] have not
    had our greeting card returned….

    Don Lake … POSTING NUMBER FIVE
    // Dec 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm
    Cards, balloons, flowers ???????

    [Ruf day at the office ??????????]

  18. Michael H. Wilson

    Ah, Don! What’s this about a greeting card? This veteran and navy brat never received one.

  19. Michael H. Wilson

    Thanks. I’m busy with something else and haven’t had time to read all the postings. Thanks to both of you.

    I think I went to post this earlier and hit the wrong button. If it shows up twice please delete one of the two.

    MW

  20. paulie Post author

    Lake, not everyone reads all the comments here. In fact most people don’t. I had to translate your #33 into more standard English.

  21. Michael H. Wilson

    Don I have three bills that have been submitted to the legislature on my desk and am working my way thru them. I also have two writing projects both connected to this work that I am doing. I drop in here when I hit a wall so to speak. I’d actually like to watch a movie and drink a beer or two. Maybe even three. ;) So this old fart is plenty busy. :(

  22. M

    Re: Badnarik — I just spoke with the hospital nurse, who refused to give me info. She stated that she was a CCU nurse (critical care unit). That pretty much said it all. I can tell you that MS MED is a mess up — the reason he is not breathing well is because of the amount of sedative drugs they are giving him. He may not like the tube and he will want to pull it out (who wouldn’t) but sedatives affect every part of the body, and it is only logical that while they are trying to calm him down, they are also depressing his respiration. Sad state that mainstream medicine is in… thank you central banks for your affects on pharma and the med orgs. What a bunch of SWINE. I wouldn’t be surprised if he passes from this — and they will blame it on a previous “condition” rather than anesthesia, drugs, and the rest of the junk they do. DISGUSTING. He would have been better off with some basic emergency care, and then CaEDTA…. They just love killing us all folks, and especially someone who stands out as he does.

  23. Don Lake .......... More Libs Lacking a Lib Perspective

    I’d actually like to watch a movie and drink a beer or two. Maybe even three. [Lake: movies ????]

    Hey, Mike Wilson, YOU contacted me! You trip over your own dick and then criticize others for your clumsiness! [Hey, Dude, been walking long ???]

    Hey, I am taking all these ‘take your meds’ hits when I am usually right WAY over 50% of the time and often have personal information that 99% of the population does not have access to!

    At the end of the day you probably do not care much of what I think ’bout you and your’s —– and I your’s, but I am going to let you get away with an undeserved snarkie remark ??????

    Whom do you think you are, FORMER California Governor Gray Davis, Chula Vista Mayor Doug Pallia, San Diego Mayor Rodger Hedgecock, San Diego Mayor [Judge] Dick Murphy, San Diego County District Attorney Paul Pfinstincts, San Diego County Attorney Ed Miller, the ‘worst example of corruption in the House of Representatives’, fellow [shame, shame] Mizzou alum ‘Puke’ Cunningham ???????

    Wanna shut me up ????? Point out my errors —- as I do with you! Ya got a problem width da thruth ???????

    I assume that you agree with me that the Democans and the Republicrats have literally driven the nation of my birth ‘offa- en to the ditch’! But you’d rather jump on me than them! How logical!

    Oh well, at least you do not ‘make it up as you go along’ like the devine Ms ‘M’ ……….

  24. Thomas L. Knapp

    “Michael came out of his unconscious state, unbound his wrists some how, and removed the breathing tube from his throat. His mother remarked that when Michael came to he asked to be released. He doesn’t understand how serious his situation is.”

    And apparently the hospital doesn’t understand that when someone says “I’m ready to leave,” that’s the end of the hospital’s authority to keep them.

  25. paulie Post author

    I just spoke with the hospital nurse, who refused to give me info. She stated that she was a CCU nurse (critical care unit). That pretty much said it all. I can tell you that MS MED is a mess up — the reason he is not breathing well is because of the amount of sedative drugs they are giving him. He may not like the tube and he will want to pull it out (who wouldn’t) but sedatives affect every part of the body, and it is only logical that while they are trying to calm him down, they are also depressing his respiration. Sad state that mainstream medicine is in… thank you central banks for your affects on pharma and the med orgs. What a bunch of SWINE. I wouldn’t be surprised if he passes from this — and they will blame it on a previous “condition” rather than anesthesia, drugs, and the rest of the junk they do. DISGUSTING. He would have been better off with some basic emergency care, and then CaEDTA

    Thanks! If anyone finds out more updates please post them here.

  26. Allan Wikman

    Rec’d. by aw 1-5-10

    Hi, everyone…..

    Michael was cardioverted again today (with the electric paddles) to try to get his heart to beat more regularly. This evening they did the tracheostomy and looked down his throat. He had ripped the breathing tube out of his throat and they were afraid he damaged his vocal chords. Things looked pretty good and the doctors said the surgery went very well. They will give him antibiotics to be sure there isn’t an infection after having the tube in his throat for 14 days. They have kept him very sedated all this time because he couldn’t breathe without the breathing tube but it was very uncomfortable for him. He needed to rest so his heart could strengthen.

    When we first got to the hospital and I whispered to him that Dad, Chuck and I were there, he immediately tried to open his eyes, sit up and was thrashing around. He became so agitated that they asked me to leave the room after I was there 10 min. He was only able to open his eyes about 1/8″ and I could see how cloudy his eyes looked. He responded very strongly every time he heard my voice.

    We are hoping the trach is only temporary and after hearing from our cousin Denise telling us her experience with a trach I think we were relieved. They will slowly wean him off the heavy drugs and he will be able to communicate. He has a laptop he can use. We don’t know how long he will be in the hospital or when he will be released.

    Lynne has been there the entire time and his friend Alan is determined to stay until Michael is released and will drive Michael to our house to recuperate. There aren’t enough words to thank them for all they are doing. This is very exhausting and living in a hotel adds even more stress.

    We are amazed at the number of people who are praying for Michael’s recovery. I didn’t know that many people in America still pray.

    Thank you for all your prayers, kind words and best wishes for Michael. It made a very unpleasant experience bearable.

    Thanks!

    Elaine

    Today 1/5/10 Michael is alert, sitting in a chair and knows what has happened to him the last two weeks!

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  28. Minister Verne of the Family Marks

    I have just now stumbled across his teaching of the constitution class on you tube and WOW! I wish I could have known him earlier and attended. I will keep him in prayer as I am a Veteran, Minister, and a newly awakened Patriot who just got a kick in the butt by him! Please keep us abreast of his progress and ANY appearances! Peace and Blessings! Brother Verne

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