Gard's Illness

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Couturenoir

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Hi
I have read Tommyknockers 5 times but couldn't figure out whether Gard was suffering from Tuberculosis or another illness, as he was permanently spitting blood. Could someone give an explanation.
Thanks for your feedback.
 

Doc Creed

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I always thought it was from his binge drinking and blackouts. Maybe he was suffering from an alcohol-related disease? I do know that, even with the steel plate in his head, he wasn't completely immune to the ship/Tommyknockers. Then, at the end, he was
physically injured and slowly dying from these injuries.
 

GNTLGNT

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I always thought it was from his binge drinking and blackouts. Maybe he was suffering from an alcohol-related disease? I do know that, even with the steel plate in his head, he wasn't completely immune to the ship/Tommyknockers. Then, at the end, he was
physically injured and slowly dying from these injuries.
...bleeding ulcers or leaking esophageal varices could do it as well, now that I have a bit of nursing knowledge, but ruptured varices would have killed him in no time...could have been stomach cancer complications too...