Fallout from the “Johnny Russell” experience – Warning Graphic ImagesMy body swelled up to three times its normal size... I developed ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) which has a 50% mortality ratio. They removed my spleen and repaired all of the ruptures in my intestines in an eight hour surgery. A feeding tube kept me alive but I lost over 35 pounds in my month and a half stay at the hospital. A respirator was responsible for my breathing and supplied over 95% of my air intake for the first three weeks.