A Life Saved!
After reading a “US News and World Report” magazine article
about our Heart program Fred Faught, of La Verne, told his wife Joanne
to always take him to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) if
something happened to him.
Well, the night of May 24, 2017, they went to bed, as they would any other
night. While Joanne was brushing her teeth, Fred suffered a sudden cardiac
arrest. The paramedics who arrived immediately started CPR as Fred had
no heart beat and was blue in the face.
They rushed to our Emergency Department (ED), where Fred was immediately
attended to when a “Polar Alert” was called. Therapeutic Temperature
Management (TTM), or the “cooling of the body,” was performed.
He was then moved to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), and Joanne
was carefully and slowly told what to expect from Oudom Skoulphong, RN,
Fred’s nurse. It would be another 54 hours before Fred’s chilled
body was warmed back to a normal temperature and he regained consciousness.
While he was foggy for a day or so, he has fully recovered! He is now in
our Cardiac Rehabilitation program and living his life to the fullest!
He and his family are so grateful for the wonderful care and skilled medical
team that saved his life.
Dr. Parikh and Dr. Merla, his cardiologists, are continuing to monitor
and care for Fred. They say that quick action from the paramedics and
the ED team who began TTM, to care in the CICU, to Rehabilitation collaboratively
saved his life!
Pictured: Fred and Joanne returned to the CICU to thank his care team,
who took such great care of them!