David Lat within the Flat Iron District of Manhattan, New York. Picture: Ryland West/ALM

On March 17, David Lat, the authorized recruiter and well-known founding father of the authorized information web site Above the Legislation, lay on a hospital mattress in Manhattan getting supplemental oxygen pumped by means of his nostril. Every time he tried to stroll throughout his hospital room at New York College Langone Medical Heart, he struggled to breathe and was compelled to take a seat down. In these moments, he posted a sequence of messages to his 32,000 followers on Twitter: