A Heart For Jake

Here are some excerpts from my blog post “Two Months of Oblivion:”

“For those who are not aware of my whole story, after I was admitted to the University Hospital – located at the University of Missouri – I was placed in a medically induced coma for roughly two months. The period of time before the coma began is not super clear to me. The memories of being there are flashes of images to me and even those memories are fuzzy at best. Ali can go into great detail of each day, every incident, and all the healthcare professionals that treated me. I simply do not recall anything past a certain point.”

“The two months of oblivion I experienced were torturous, for those who were by my side and also for me. Everyone who spent time at Barnes Jewish Hospital (the hospital I was flown to for immediate medical care) witnessed horrifying things occur. People saw my heart stop over 75 times, five open-heart surgeries, three ECMO placements, two fist-sized leg wounds created, a 108-degree fever for 24 hours, and countless other minor health care concerns.”

After I experienced all those health scares, a mechanical heart pump was placed to assist my heart function. Here are some excerpts from another post on mine, “Life Plugged In:”

“On July 18, 2015, a Left Ventricular Device (LVAD) was surgically placed to assist the heart pump blood, which a weakened heart – in heart failure – cannot accomplish on its own. An LVAD is a mechanical pump attached to the left side of the heart and the aorta, the main artery. The LVAD helps the heart pump blood to the body due to the left ventricle’s decreased efficiency.

An LVAD is surgically placed with two resolutions in mind: death or future heart transplant. The “bridge to destination” option consists of temporary relief of heart failure symptoms but eventually will end with the patient’s death. The other option is called “bridge to transplant.” This obviously intends to be temporary until the patient is cleared for surgery and receives a new heart after time spent on the transplant list.”

After two years of waiting for a heart transplant, one year on the waiting list, I received a phone call informing me it was my time to receive a heart transplant. On May 24, 2017, the surgery was successful!

Right now, I am focusing on physical rehabilitation and hopefully this website.

Thanks for reading this, and I hope this website brings you joy and encourages you!

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