May 22, 2002
Dear Fans and Friends of
Alexei continues receiving
physical, occupational and speech therapy, but until now his
progress has been quite limited because of frequent and painful
muscle spasms that prevent him from being able to stand
comfortably without support or move without assistance. His
vision was also affected by the strokes and he cannot,
therefore, move his eyes in a normal manner or see as clearly as
he did before his illness.
Two month ago, he received a
ventriculoperitoneal shunt (a tube connecting the open spaces
within the brain to the abdominal cavity).
This was done to treat a
condition called communicating hydrocephalus (abnormal build-up
of water pressure in the head). Thankfully, the shunt appears to
be working satisfactorily at this time.
Alexei will also require a
Baclofen pump, which is a device designed to release special
muscle relaxing medicine into his spinal canal to help control
his painful spasms and the rigidity in his left arm and leg as
well as his neck and back. Once he has gotten his Baclofen pump,
we hope he will be more comfortable and be more able to walk and
perform activities of daily living.
I must say, speaking now as
Alexei's close friend as well as his neurologist, I afraid that
the process of recovery for him is going to be very long one
Alexei, Dace and both of
their families are so very grateful to you as always for your
prayers, your kind words of encouragement, and your generous
support. It is what helps to make all this bearable.
Best wishes to you all,
Dr. Edward L.
may know, Alexei has returned home from the hospital to continue
on his long road to recovery. His many cats and pet Iguana,
Caligula, were all happy to see him come home to them after so
long a time away. But not nearly so happy as his wife, Dace.
continues to make slow, gradual progress. A surgery to correct a
tight left Achilles tendon has helped restore a greater range of
motion to his leg, resulting in some improvement in his ability
to walk. A series of special muscle relaxing injections have
also helped to decrease facial spasms that had been impairing
his ability to speak, and he is now able to speak more clearly
and with greater comfort. He has a good appetite and continues
eating well. He works hard in therapy, which he receives daily
for his speech, hand coordination and strength. He has also been
getting swimming therapy, which he finds very enjoyable. Dace,
her mother, Benita, and Alexei's father, Faizul, plan to remain
in Fort Worth for the foreseeable future to continue helping
with Alexei's care.
a very hard struggle that they all face. But, as always, they
extend their best wishes to Alexei's fans and friends, and wish
to thank everyone from the bottoms of their hearts for your many
kind expressions of love and support. It means so much to them
at such a difficult time.
has been some talk about the possibility of a benefit concert to
help the Sultanovs, but no specific plans have been made as yet.
We promise to keep you informed of any such developments, and to
keep you regularly updated on Alexei's medical condition.
bless you all.
Edward L. Kramer,
Bowie Blvd./Suite 108
Fort Worth TX 76107
Alexei Sultanov continues to
recover from his brain injury at Baylor Institute for
Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. Over the past several weeks, he
has shown marked improvement in his level of alertness and
overall endurance. He continues to have difficulty moving his
left arm, trunk, and leg due to hemi paresis (weakness) and
spasticity (stiffness). He has undergone injections of botulinum
toxin into the muscles of the left forearm and lower left leg to
treat the spasticity with some improvement noted. He is also on
medication orally for the spasticity, zanaflex, which is
gradually being increased. He is currently being evaluated by
an orthopedic surgeon for possible lengthening of his left
achilles tendon to help him in his ambulation. Alexei continues
to focus on increasing his abilities to speak with clarity and
good volume/ breath support.
Alexei now is taking all of
his nutrition orally and his feeding tube into the abdomen has
been removed and the stoma is closed. He particularly enjoys
"health shakes" made by his family with fresh vegetables and
fruits. With his family's assistance, he surprised and delighted
his team of therapists, doctors, and nurses by preparing for
them a wonderful meal of lamb, rice pilaf and flavourful
vegetables. It was terrific!
Alexei has begun aquatic
therapy in the pool at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. This
is a particular joy for him. He also found the piano on the
fourth floor of the hospital and with his right hand, astounded
the staff with his incredible talent.
Alexei with the support of
his devoted wife and father continues to work diligently in
speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. He
is very motivated and shows his characteristic impeccable work
Medical Director, Brain Injury Services Baylor Institute for
Rehabilitation Dallas, Texas
Alexei Sultanov has continued to make steady improvement from
his brain surgery and strokes which occurred on February 26th
and 27th, 2001. He is now listed in good condition and was
determined to be sufficiently improved this past week to permit
transfer to the Baylor University Neurological Rehabilitation
Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
anticipated that he will remain there for intensive
rehabilitation for a period of six weeks to three months. After
that, it is anticipated that he will return home to begin
outpatient rehabilitation for several for months. Obviously,
this year's concert schedule has been indefinitely suspended.
Throughout his ordeal, his wife Dace has been almost constantly
at Alexei's side. The prayers and well-wishes of friends and
fans continue to pour in from around the world, and are greatly
appreciated by Alexei and Dace, who will need all the support
possible during these very difficult times.
wishing to make financial contributions to the Alexei Sultanov
Benefit Fund may do so at the address listed below. (
Alexei Sultanov Benefit Fund, Landmark Bank,
6000 Harris Parkway. Fort Worth, TX 76132 -
Routing nb : 111915657 -
Account nb : 36001154).
Sultanov's continued progress will be periodically updated at
Edward L. Kramer,
Bowie Blvd./Suite 108
Fort Worth TX 76107
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