Gary is a research scientist who has worked for the same biotech
company since coming to California in 1992
He is married with three sons and a daughter and enjoys traveling across the country to see his daughter play soccer
for her college team.
May 15, Gary
was driving on the freeway and developed chest pain. He pulled over and called
911. The paramedics arrived and found Gary
unconscious with no pulse. They immediately took him to the nearest emergency
room at a short-term acute care hospital. Gary
was diagnosed with anoxic encephalopathy and an acute myocardial infarction, or
heart attack, which necessitated an urgent cardiac catheterization. Prior to
the heart catheterization Gary
was intubated and placed on a ventilator. During the cardiac catheterization
the doctors were able to open an occluded coronary artery.
at the short-term acute care were able to stabilize Gary’s condition, but he required extended
recovery time. On June 6, Gary
was transferred to Kindred Hospital Los Angeles for evaluation of weaning
status and rehabilitation. He was admitted on a ventilator, unresponsive, bed
bound and being fed by a feeding tube.
interdisciplinary team evaluated Gary
and outlined a treatment plan tailored to his medical needs. Over the course of
two months, Gary
improved slowly and experienced several complications in his course of
treatment. Eventually respiratory therapists weaned him off the ventilation and
his tracheostomy was downsized to allow for speaking and eating. Gary also worked daily
with the rehabilitation department to strengthen his upper and lower body
extremities through physical and occupational therapy.
August 8, Gary
was transferred to an acute rehabilitation facility for further care. He had
progressed from total bed rest to sitting up in a chair for prolonged periods
of time, talking and eating.
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