David Fillion Hope For David

First post: May 21, 2022 Latest post: Jun 6, 2022
My father, Dave, was admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis, last week. He expected to receive treatment and go home, as he had with previous flair ups. Abdominal pain worsened and breathing problems began on May 18th.  He was placed on oxygen that evening. He was still talking with friends and family, and everyone was optimistic that he would recover soon. His condition became catastrophic very quickly, as his acid levels raised drastically throughout the night. The following morning, we received a call that no one expected. We were told that all family needed to come to the hospital immediately, as our father had started bleeding profusely. He had received multiple blood transfusions and was still excessively bleeding. He was no longer able to breath on his own and was placed on life support at 3 am. When we arrived at the ICU, his room was filled with doctors, and we couldn't see him. They were doing an endoscopy of his stomach to find where the bleeding was coming from. We were told that the acid levels had elevated to the point that it destroyed his stomach and esophagus. They had become necrotic, meaning they were already dead, or dying. His blood pressure was dangerously low, and his organs were failing. His belly was bloated and filled with fluid and blood. This caused an obstruction which led to his inability to breathe. The operation needed would require removal of the stomach and esophagus during the procedure and he could not survive that. His kidneys were shutting down and dialysis, was needed. However, doctors were trying to determine if his condition was futile. It was determined that the bleeding was throughout the entire esophagus and stomach. There was no focal point that could be repaired. They applied a hemostatic spray to the entire area in hope of managing the bleeding.  We were told there was nothing that could be done for him, and any treatment would only buy time. My father was given "hour to days" to live. I knew my father needed a miracle, and this was in God's hands. I began to pray and reached out to close friends and relatives for prayer. As we all took turns saying goodbye, his blood pressure began to stabilize. Lab results showed no signs of active bleeding, and transfusions had stopped. He was still extremely fragile, but there was a small glimpse of hope. The ICU unit asked that we begin to clear out and limit the number of guests in case of another emergency. It wasn't long before my brother and I were alone and faced with the hardest decision we would ever have to make... Was this futile? I asked my brother if he would agree with me in prayer, and we asked permission to have a few minutes of privacy. We placed hands on our father and prayed like we had never prayed before! My brother is not overly comfortable with praying, but he loves our father enough to give it a shot. Thank you, Brandon!! We stood on God's promises and cast out the enemy in the name of all authority, Jesus Christ! We asked the Lord to breathe life into his lungs. We commanded the dead organs to rise and be restored. We spoke to every part of this and held onto hope, as it is all we had. It wasn't long before all of his vitals were completely normal! He was successfully weaned off of blood pressure medication.  His lab work remained stable. After 2 hours of stability, we began to discuss placing a tube into the stomach to relieve the pressure and suction off the blood and fluid. This was the next step and his ability to recover was dependent on the successful placement of the tube. Nothing can be done until the pressure is relieved. His tissue is so fragile, and the risks outweighed the benefits at this point. If the tissue was touched by the tube it could begin to bleed again. After several meetings, it was decided to allow him to rest for the evening. If he remained stable through the night, we would move forward with the procedure in the morning. He remained stable AND improved over night! His vent setting was turned down, and he was doing some breathing on his own! Normal color returned to his hands and feet. The tube was placed this afternoon with imaging to guide. There were no complications! It is only partially in place due to inflammation, but it is working. As pressure is removed the tube will slowly be moved down into place. Our father has been heavily sedated and is medically paralyzed because his body needs to rest. He can hear us but can't respond at all. We talk to him regularly, and so does hospital staff. He is in good hands, here in Grand Rapids. We are thankful for the staff who monitor him 24/7! There are 6 specialists involved in his care. None have ever seen a case like this. This is not typical of Pancreatitis, and it is a very rare case, making it difficult to determine the next step. These doctors have worked around the clock and have proceeded with caution. We are amazed at their level of dedication, and they are all amazed at his rate of improvement! There is no prognosis at this time. It is hour by hour and day by day. Also, after many tests and scans the doctors believe there may be some living tissue in the stomach and esophagus. It is hard to tell right now, but another small glimpse of hope.  He is still very ill, and we have a long road ahead.

We created this page because of the overwhelming support we have received! We will do our best to provide a daily update. Please understand if we do not respond to personal messages or texts. It is difficult to juggle all that is coming at us. 

None of us thought he would be here today, March 20th. Please continue to pray and believe with us! His improvement is a miracle and testimony that God is alive and on the throne! He is in control and hears our prayers! Your support and encouragement mean more than you know!

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