So my dad seemingly suffered a SCA on July 17th after running the mile with the soccer team I coach. He finished the mile, was walking around, and then he was down. Within a minute or so we realized he wasn't getting oxygen and we started CPR while another bystander called 911. We did CPR for 8 minutes until EMTs arrived. They continued CPR and defibrillated him and then gave him 3 doses of epinephrine, after which he finally had a pulse. They intubated him in the field and took him to the hospital. He never came to during this time.
Due to COVID we were left waiting in the parking lot of the ER for hours while they stabilized him. He ended up intubated, on a ventilator and in an induced coma with his temperature lowered. After a day or so they warmed him up and tried removing sedation to see if he would wake up. He didn't, at least not at first. It took a few days and he finally was moving his eyes they were able to remove the intubation and he could breathe on his own, but didn't seem to follow anything and was failing the responsiveness tests. After another day we were told his muscles were flacid which didn't look good and he may be in a permanent vegatative state. (He is a DNR, DNI so we knew hospice/end of life would come next). However, the same night we met to discuss this, his doctor told us on the call he was saying, ok, yes and no and moving his body.
So, after that I had to facetime (again because of COVID, we can't see him) and during the call he said "I love you, things will be better." Amazing! It felt like a miracle--felt like he was recovering and he was there. The next day came and we called him and he is in a confused state. Doesn't know who he is, who we are etc. but he is able to talk and fairly well but gets lost in his thoughts. He finally is able to go to bathroom, able to walk assisted.
So now I just don't know what to expect, what kind of recovery are we looking at. What kind of hope should I have. They haven't even dealt with the heart yet, and they can't see what's going on with his brain because his MRI and CAT scan were fine initially. But he won't stay still for another MRI. Any advice, comments?? Anything we should be asking doctors???