I've just received the following statement in an email about a good friend of mine who has been admitted to the local hospital with malaria: <snip> "Last night <name removed> was taken to the ER and diagnosed with malaria that he contracted during his recent trip to Uganda. ... He's in the ICU now and there have been some noticeable effects of the malaria on his brain. He's disoriented and not responsive. They are beginning [a CAT scan] to see if there is any swelling and how the malaria is affecting his brain. They are beginning a blood exchange transfusion." </snip> I know his condition is not good, but I'm not sure about his chances. How far along is this? Is he going to be okay? What are his chances? I know that no one can say for sure; I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement. I'm pretty upset. Is there anything reassuring about the above report?