On Friday, July 3rd, David was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and he was admitted to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. His condition suddenly and very unexpectedly worsened and he ended up suffering from cardiac arrest and was transferred to Froedtert Hospital for further care. Due to complications from the cardiac arrest, he spent five days on life support in the CVICU and received around the clock care from multiple specialists.
On Wednesday afternoon, July 8th at 1:30 PM our family met with the neurological team. They explained to us the details of their assessment of his brain activity, after the 24 hour period without any mediation provided to him. It was determined that the significant amount of time he spent in cardiac arrest without proper oxygen flow caused irreparable neurological damage that would prevent David from living the full and active life that he knew and loved.
David Alan Gehrke passed peacefully at 7:42 PM Thursday, July 9 surround by his wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.
Via DonateLife Wisconsin, the gifts that he left behind in his physical body will positively impact the lives of 50-75 people for years to come.
We appreciate the continued support we are receiving from friends and family at this time, and it truly means the world to us. We would also like to thank the extremely caring and talented staff at Froedtert and Waukesha Memorial for his incredible care over the last week of his life.