Personal Stories: Melissa Widner's Father
Please excuse my spelling of medical words. My father went into the ER
50 years old and with no previous health problems. He had chest pain.
They done a heart cath. on him and told him everything looked great in
his heart and his valves and sent him home and told him it was probably
a GI problem and to see his family doctor because his blood pressure was
next day he had a stabbing pain in his chest and called 911. At the
hospital the 2nd time they done an ultrasound and said he had gall
stones, then they done a CT scan to get a better look at the gall stones
and that's when they saw a shadow and said it may be a small tear
possibly from the heart cath. They said they wanted to monitor him so
they put him in ccu. The next day they came in and said he had a type b
aortic dissection of the descending and that this was life threatening.
said there was no surgery they could do that the body had to heal itself
and they would give him pain med's and keep his bp low. His tear was 14
inches long from chest to belly. Then 4 days later he coded. They said
this was due to the swelling from the aortic dissection pressing on his
lungs. They put him on the vent. One of his kidneys stopped, his bowels
stopped and he developed an elius. His right leg that they put the cath.
in was cold and not moving. He developed a temp. and they said he has
phenomena. Then his kidneys started back working, his swelling went
away, they got his bp under control with med.'s they started feeding him
thru a tube in his nose that they once was using to suck out his
would respond to us by shaking his head or squeezing our hands.
Everything seemed to be doing great. His 14th day on the vent he was
only getting 2 breaths per minute and was doing great. The nurse was
waiting for the doctor to come in a take him of the vent. They turned
him as they had been doing all along while they were waiting on the
doctor and at that moment he mouthed with the vent still in I can't
breathe grabbed his stomach and coded again and this time they were
unable to bring him back. We are still waiting on the autopsy results.
a man with no health problems, 50 and still working installing carpet go
from that to this over night? Could the heart cath. have caused the tear
in the aorta? Could his chest pains have been gall stones the first time
he went to the ER and they missed that for a heart attack and done the
heart cath. and that caused the tear? Please I need answers.
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