Personal Stories: Daryl O'Shea
Found your website while
trying to research more about aortic dissection. my
35-year-old brother-in-law currently lies in a drug-induced coma,
hopefully recovering from surgery to repair an ascending aneurysm.
this is a man who an hour before his surgery was speaking to us with
no indication that his condition was deadly. although we, his
family, knew how serious this was, none of us knew exactly how
serious until the surgeon informed us after the surgery that he was
"a sneeze away" from death, and that he'd never seen such a fatal
injury in his 30 years as a surgeon.
i guess my
question to you is, other than taking his recovery slowly and having
to gain back strength, what is he facing long-term? nobody's gone
that far ahead to tell us what to expect. he's an extremely active
father of a 7-year-old son, who works as a framer for my husband's
we've read one
story of one man's journey through recovery, but I'm hoping that my
brother-in-law's youth could possibly be on his side.
thanks for any
info./advice you can provide
he's in Erie
County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. we've just heard from his
sister, who's there now, that his blood ox. sat. level just
dropped to 84 from 94 and the surgeon---a Dr. Bell-Thomson, has
prescribed prednisone. he's been running a temp. all day, but
everything looked great when we were there just 2 hours ago. his
sister's panicking because the nurse seems to be being rather
evasive about what's causing all this and what it all means.
waiting on a call from my sister in N. Carolina, who's friends
with a Cardiac ICU nurse at Mission Mem. Hosp. in Asheville.
i kind of
thought he'd have to find something less strenuous to do. was
hoping his age and relative good health otherwise would be a
factor in his favor.
getting back to me.
his name was
Daryl O'Shea. we lost him yesterday. they finally got him off
the ventilator yesterday morning, moved him to ICU from the
CardioThoracic Unit. sometime early yesterday afternoon, he
went into cardiac arrest and they couldn't get him back.
for your website. and thank you for your time and interest.
have the surgery, on Wed. the 25th. and the prognosis was
that it was successful, then his recovery was up to him. we
needed him to get off the vent. they spent days trying to
figure out why his lungs couldn't pick up where they should.
finally changed the medication they were using to stabilize
his blood pressure and thought they'd found the key---seems
this medication (don't know what it was) sometimes reacts that
way, though rare.
decided that Tues. the 31st was time to pull the vent....and
they were successful. he was on just a mask and seemed to be
doing well. his mother, father and brother (my husband) had
seen him open his eyes for the first time in a week, and he
seemed to be aware to a point, though they still had him
heavily drugged for pain.
after his parents and my husband left him at 2:30, and some
time before i got to ECMC to see him at 4:00, he arrested.
permission for the surgeon to examine him, not only for the
cause of his cardiac arrest, but also to try to find out if it
was a connective tissue disease that caused the dissection to
begin with....if so, my husband, my children, my
sister-in-law, and his 7-year-old son will all need to be
tested, as it's a genetic disease.
is amazing......his mother's faith, incredible. their circle
of friends, family and church family are truly incredible.
he's safe and happy and at peace---and most importantly, with
for listening.....and thank you for your kind thoughts.
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