My SCA Event

My SCA Event

This post is from a caregivers account of my SCA, sudden cardiac arrest.

On June 29th, 2019 my wife retired to the bedroom earlier than usual while I stayed up to watch the local late news. At some point shortly before midnight I made my way to our bedroom. I woke my wife and informed her that I was having a heart attack and that we needed to go to the ER. She promptly got dressed and took me to the hospital. Luckily it was quicker for her to take me than wait for an ambulance as we live five minutes away from the ER. The doctor told her if we had waited I would not be here.

When we arrived at the ER I was awake and talking to my wife and the ER doctor. After checking my vitals the doctor left the room to order some tests. It was at this point my wife says I told her I was about to pass out and she responded that she was going to get the doctor and i replied that that was a good idea. It was right at that point I slipped into a seizure and my heart stopped. The doctor and nurses rushed to perform CPR. It took thirteen minutes for my heart to start beating again but I was still unconscious. Four minutes later my heart stopped again, again they performed CPR but this time without success. By this time EMT's and nurses from the life flight crew rolled me up and placed a backboard under me and the doctor used the AED to zap me three times before my heart started beating on its own. At this time I was placed in a medically induced coma.

Once I was stabilized the nurses from air rescue quickly put me in the air ambulance and flew me forty miles away to Vidant Heart Institute where I was placed in the critical care unit and closely monitored by one of the most revered heart doctors from ECU Physicians. Forty five minutes from the time I was placed in the air ambulance I was placed in a cool down unit where the brain damage and organ damage would be minimized.

On day six they began to slowly warm my body, which took four days then they began to take me out of the manmade coma. Two days after the wake-up my wife says I was beginning to speak coherently.

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SCAFoundation wrote 11 weeks 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

What an amazing story! We are happy to know you are doing well!

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