I also had acute compartment syndrome a number of years ago. Fortunately for me, the bleed was faster, so the pain came on quicker and they were able to operate on my leg in time that there was no necrosis. Doc who performed the surgery said I was probably less than 30 minutes from dead muscle tissue. Had the pain level not been so high, I would have ignored it and drove the 3 hours home from where I was at the time. Had it happened in the Philippines, I probably would have ignored it longer.
From the little bit I've seen from him on this, I'm amazed at how well he's handled the whole situation. The others I know who've ended up with amputations due to this have not been as generally upbeat about it has he has.
Best of luck to him. He's a great reporter and I hope he's able to continue in his career. I'll be listening tonight.