Randy Kioh, 66, of Auxvasse, Missouri passed away on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana just before he was to board the Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship Carnival Dream with his wife Brenda.
The couple was in New Orleans, getting ready to go on a 7-night Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Honduras. Randy and Brenda had been planning the cruise for a year. On the morning of Sunday, February 4, 2018, the couple were getting ready to leave the hotel, to embark the cruise ship when Brenda noticed that Randy was just sitting on the edge of the hotel bed and not talking. Randy had endured a massive stroke while preparing to leave the hotel.
Brenda knew he was having a stroke and immediately called 911. Randy was taken to Tulane Medical Center which is a level 1 stroke hospital and received Alteplase IV r-tPA through an IV in the arm. The drug tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the brain.
The stroke had done its damage and Randy was unable to breath on his own so the doctor had to intubate him and place him on a ventilator. Shortly after, the staff took Randy to have an MRI of the brain. The results showed the damage of the stroke was enormous and it would take Randy’s life. On Tuesday, Brenda made the most difficult decision of her life. She had to tell the hospital team to remove the breathing tube.
On February 7, 2018, at 3:11 pm Randy Kioh passed away with his wife and chidren by his side.
Randy loved his family and especially enjoyed bowling. He was a member of the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame and President of the Metro Bowling League.