Sonny West, one of the original “Memphis Mafia,” friend and bodyguard for sixteen years with Elvis Presley in Intensive Care at Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee.
Sonny and his wife Judy, who were married in December 1970 in Memphis (Best Man was Elvis and Matron of Honor was Priscilla Presley), have two children, Bryan and Alana.
“I held my dads hand last night expressing to him that he’s the strongest man I’ve ever known,” Bryan posted on his Facebook page today. “I told him how much he needed to fight right now and not to give up. I told him how loved he is and how many people are praying and pulling for him to get through this.”
“He kept squeezing my hand. I read to my dad all the comments everyone wrote expressing their love, prayers and encouragement. We were told yesterday afternoon by the doctors they didn’t expect him to pull through.”
“Besides pneumonia, his blood pressure was soft. Meaning it was dangerously low, while machines were breathing for him. The doctors inserted an IV into his neck to administer medicine in attempt to raise his blood pressure. While my mom and I were there spending time and talking to him last night, we could tell he heard us.”
“Dad even opened his eyes looking at us a few times. Dads vitals started to improve, especially his blood pressure. Not a lot, but an improvement. Today i’m so happy to share the improvement continued throughout the night into today. He’s on a minimum dose of the meds through his neck and his blood pressure is slowly climbing in the right direction. The ventilator is turned down to the lowest setting for the fact my dad has started breathing on his own. They are even talking of taking the ventilator out today or tomorrow. Prayer and faith are so powerful! I want to thank you all for your prayers, love and support.”
The Elvis world was recently sadden by the passing of two long time Memphis Mafia members, Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the West family.