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Sep 27, 2019
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David was on a work trip in Milwaukee on Sunday, August 11, when he collapsed in his hotel's gym. He was found by someone at the hotel and medical teams arrived around 6:50am. He had no pulse, but the EMTs were able to revive him with CPR/defibrillation, which they had to do again several times in the ambulance on the way to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. He was intubated and fairly quickly began Therapeutic Hypothermic treatment at the hospital, a three hour process that cools the body temperature through the bloodstream to encourage healing.
A social worker was able to get ahold of Becky quickly, and Becky arrived at the hospital about 15 minutes after David completed his hypothermic treatment and was transferred to the Cardiovascular ICU. Myself (Lauren, David's oldest daughter) and my husband Daniel, Shelly (Haney) and husband Tim Wolff, and Scott (Haney) arrived around midnight on Sunday.
David's health app on his iPhone shows .16 miles of walking or running activity right around 6am, but since he has never exercised with fitness apps, fitbits, or other tracking devices, we assume that activity was his walk from his hotel room to the gym, and is not likely to be the time of his collapse. However, we have no way of knowing at what point between that 6:00am activity and the 6:50am medical arrival he collapsed.
Doctors have generally concluded it was a heart attack that led to cardiac arrest and caused his collapse. He did sustain a pretty terrible looking black eye and scrape above the eye in the fall, and appears to have scraped his head significantly on the treadmill as well in the fall, but doctors have let us know it looks worse than it is, does not require stitches, and they have not (yet) discovered any fractures in his face. A MRI on Sunday showed no bleeding in the brain. He did blink a few times in the ambulance, as well as cough, but the medical teams have reminded us that this could also be involuntary movement.