Shawn Portwood, 50, was removed from a ventilator at an Orlando hospital Monday and is awaiting transfer to another nearby facility where family members are hopeful a donor organ will become available.
“They have accepted him over at Florida Hospital, so it is just a matter of getting him over there,” his brother David, a central Florida architect and real estate developer tells me.
Years of substance abuse have taken a toll on the former home improvement specialist.
“He has a very high concentration of pneumonia in his system right now. His liver is not functioning anymore. It has completely failed.”
“When I was with him on Saturday, he didn’t want to be here anymore. He was ready to [die]. But now I think he wants to fight this.”
Amber — who is currently promoting her new book, NEVER TOO LATE — canceled a personal appearance over the weekend in her hometown of Anderson, Indiana and tweeted: “Everyone please pray for my father he’s in ICU…I appreciate it and sending love always.”
She then disappeared from social media for 24 hours.
.@AmberLPortwood This is your uncle. Where are you? Your father is suffering and I know you’re in Fla
— David B Portwood (@portwood_david) December 16, 2014
It was presumed that Amber (who herself has struggled with drugs and alcohol) was headed to be at her father’s bedside, but we have received conflicting reports about her whereabouts.
Her older brother, Shawn Jr., is believed to be back in Indiana.
UPDATE (12/16 3:15 AM EST): Amber and her brother are insisting that they have not been missing in action and have in fact both been to visit their father within the past 24 hours.
Just to clear the record I was in Florida the morning after I found out my dad was in ICU and by his side until I left this morning..
— Amber Portwood (@AmberLPortwood) December 16, 2014
Shawn Portwood’s health issues have been well documented.
He first experienced liver failure in 2004 following years of substance abuse.
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“When you have an addiction, you can’t stop it,” David says.
He was also diagnosed with cancer (Squamous cell carcinoma) in 2012.
Shawn Jr. attempted to raise money for his father’s medical expenses through the crowdfunding site GiveForward.com — but the campaign was only able to generate $180.
According to his brother, Shawn’s family can’t afford the $100,000 operation, but it is likely to be paid for by Medicaid.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Portwood family at this difficult time.
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