I found out today that a fellow with whom I worked at Maplesoft is in hospital and has been moved to the ICU. I guess he showed up at work about four weeks ago looking really sick. Someone convinced him to go to the doctor's, and the doctor admitted him to the hospital that day. He's been there since then, although he's only recently been moved to the ICU. I guess the doctors tried to do some treatment or other, but he didn't respond, and now things look very grim :( I don't know what's wrong with him.
I wish I had heard that he was in hospital earlier, because then I could have gone to see him before it was too late. No visitors are being accepted now :( I had a really good working relationship with him, and he was the fellow that ended up having to do part of my job when I left. He came across as really gruff and short-tempered, but in reality he was very shy. It took quite a while for him to warm up to me, but warm up he did :)
Anyways, I'm very sad right now. I really hope he'll pull through, but, well, I don't know if the odds are in his favour :(