Thank you for saving family member's life

Jan. 4, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Shirley Sklar and family want to thank each and everyone for the miracle of Allan's life. Allan was given back to us after surviving acute cardiac arrest Dec. 22 at our home and is healing completely.

On Sunday, sitting at an early Christmas lunch, Allan went into cardiac arrest. We were losing him, but thanks to the heroism and quick responses of my sister-in-law, Kathy Williams, calling 9-1-1 and the response of my bother-in-law, Paul Williams, and my son, Doug Schaefer, for immediately beginning CPR along with the quick response of the 9-1-1 rescue team led by Dana Woodward and AED, Allan began to breathe. I cannot say enough for the skill of CPR and the AED.

Allan continued to fight for life as the Citizens Medical Center trauma team worked diligently to save him. Allan was put on life support after a few hours and had an external pacemaker as Dr. Junor and Dr. Vu worked to diagnose Allan's illness. Soon, we were notified that Allan would be seen by Dr. Yahagi, and he would be performing surgery to place the pacemaker. See, the reason for the cardiac arrest was from an electrical misfire in the heart, so to speak. After the surgery, Allan stayed on a ventilator for approximately 36 hours. Then the family was notified that doctors would begin to allow him to wake up, and after he was awake, they would begin to wean him from the ventilator. Within 16 hours, Allan was transferred out of ICU onto a regular floor and was up walking - with assistance of course - down the hallway of the floor wing. What a miracle!

We want to give a special thanks to the response team, Dana Woodward, Christopher Thompson, Eric Ledbeff, Justin Adcock and Russell Chambers. Also to the Trauma Team and ICU nurses at Citizens Medical Center along with Dr. Vu, Dr. Lumpart, Dr. Junor, Dr. Yahagi and Dr. Savage. You are so greatly appreciated.

Shirley Sklar, Victoria



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