Ashli Babbitt, Basilar Artery Thrombosis, blood clot, breach of US Capitol, DC Medical Examiner, death by natural causes, homocide, natural causes, Officer Sicknick, stroke, Trump, Trump supporters, US Capitol, US Capitol Police
Lost in the discourse is the fact that those who died during the January 6th Capitol protests were apparently all Trump supporters. US Capitol Police Officer Sicknick was a Trump supporter and would surely not want his death to be used to demonize other Trump supporters.
Thus, the one homocide, related to the January 6th US Capitol protests, was the killing of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by an unidentified man, who may have been a US Capitol Police Officer, private security, DC police, or other, unknown.
According to the DC Medical Examiner, Francisco Diaz, Officer “Sicknick suffered two strokes at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery that supplies blood to that area of the body“. He said that “the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.” (Washington Post, 4-19-21 https://archive.is/wyEtd )
Basilar Artery Thrombosis has a mortality rate “greater than 85%, although it drops to as low as 40% in patients with recanalization. One can expect good functional outcomes in as few as 24% to 35% of patients treated with intravenous or intra-arterial thrombolysis. For symptomatic patients who survive, the risk of recurrent stroke is 10% to 15%. The most important prognostic factors are the extent and duration of thrombosis. Therefore, a high index of suspicion of the diagnosis followed by expedited recanalization will give the patient the best hope of an improved outcome…” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532241/#article-18162.s4
Based on the article regarding this condition, it is unclear if Sicknick was a victim of medical malpractice or bad luck. When did he last have a comprehensive physical? Did he have symptoms, which were ignored by doctors? Too many American doctors have learned that they can charge insurance or Medicaid-Medicare without rendering services. Apparently, gone are the days of American doctors being extra cautious or caring about patients (hopefully there are exceptions).
“Sicknick supported Trump… He opposed impeachment for Trump… He was concerned about animal cruelty and the national debt.” See: “Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say” Washington Post, April 19, 2021 https://archive.is/wyEtd
Even WaPo admits that Brian Sicknick was a Trump supporter, which most conveniently forget. Thus, he almost certainly would have been heart-broken and stressed by the failure of the US Congress to challenge the electors from states with apparent electoral fraud. Those accused of bear-spraying him were Maronite Christian Lebanese-Americans, who were apparently Trump supporters, as well. So, he seems to have been literally pinched in the middle of things. It is wrong for the office of the US Capitol Police to spin his death into a narrative against the protestors.
The US Capitol Police states that the USCP “accepts the findings from the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes.” However, then they don’t. They say he “died in the line of duty”, but he died the next day.
Excerpt from: “Basilar Artery Thrombosis
Nathaniel E. Reinemeyer; Prasanna Tadi; Forshing Lui.
Last Update: January 31, 2021:
“Risk factors are similar to the known general risk factors for stroke. The most common is hypertension which is found in as many as 70% of cases. Other risk factors include diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cigarette smoking, and hyperlipidemia… basilar artery occlusions are believed to account for approximately only 1% of all strokes. Basilar artery occlusion has been reported in 2 out of 1000 post-mortem cases. Basilar artery thrombosis may explain as many as 27% of ischemic strokes occurring in the posterior circulation… Most commonly, patients experiencing basilar artery occlusion exhibit acute neurologic signs including motor deficits, hemiparesis or quadriparesis, and facial palsies, dizziness, headache, and speech abnormalities–especially dysarthria and difficulty articulating words. Patients may also complain of nausea, vomiting, and changes in vision. An altered level of consciousness is commonly present…
Acute occlusion of the basilar artery is potentially life-threatening. All patients should be admitted to a stroke unit when available. Recanalization of the basilar artery is key to the successful treatment of basilar artery thrombosis and to improving prognosis. This can be accomplished by systemic thrombolysis (IVT), intra-arterial thrombolysis, (IAT) or mechanical endovascular thrombectomy. Recanalization occurs in more than half of basilar artery occlusion patients treated with IAT or IVT. Treatment is time-sensitive; the earlier the intervention, the better the functional outcomes. There is no good large-scale study to define the treatment window for basilar thrombosis. It is clearly much longer than the accepted window of 6 to 8 hours recommended for large vessel occlusion in anterior circulation infarct. The commonly accepted time window is at least 12 hours and potentially up to 24 hours. In some situations, if the patient is having symptoms and minimal stroke on the MRI brain it is reasonable to consider for mechanical endovascular thrombectomy up to 2-3 days… The patient mortality rate is greater than 85%, although it drops to as low as 40% in patients with recanalization. One can expect good functional outcomes in as few as 24% to 35% of patients treated with intravenous or intra-arterial thrombolysis. For symptomatic patients who survive, the risk of recurrent stroke is 10% to 15%. The most important prognostic factors are the extent and duration of thrombosis. Therefore, a high index of suspicion of the diagnosis followed by expedited recanalization will give the patient the best hope of an improved outcome…” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532241/#article-18162.s4
From office of the US Capitol Police: “Medical Examiner Finds USCP Officer Brian Sicknick Died of Natural Causes April 19, 2021 Press Release
The USCP accepts the findings from the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes. This does not change the fact Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty, courageously defending Congress and the Capitol.
The Department continues to mourn the loss of our beloved colleague. The attack on our officers, including Brian, was an attack on our democracy.
Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the F.B.I.’s Washington Field Office and the Metropolitan Police Department, the USCP will continue to ensure those responsible for the assault against officers are held accountable.
Officer Sicknick, 42, joined the Department in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.
On March 14, Julian Elie Khater, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, were arrested for assaulting Officer Sicknick.
Khater and Tanios are each charged with one count of conspiracy to injure an officer; three counts of assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon; one count of civil disorder; one count of obstructing or impeding an official proceeding; one count of physical violence on restricted grounds, while carrying dangerous weapon and resulting in significant bodily injury; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct, act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.
The United States Capitol Police will never forget Officer Sicknick’s bravery, nor the bravery of any officer on January 6, who risked their lives to defend our democracy.
Officer Sicknick’s family requests their privacy be respected during this difficult time. https://www.uscp. gov/media-center/press-releases/medical-examiner-finds-uscp-officer-brian-sicknick-died-natural-causes