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12/26/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Jason is updating this site.
On Wednesday, December 21 Jeff was rushed from home by ambulance to St. John's Hospital in Maplewood. Judy was home and was able to dial 911 after he collapsed at the kitchen counter, and the ambulance was within 5 miles and arrived a short time later. While waiting for the ambulance, Judy was able to perform CPR with the help of the 911 operator. It is unknown if Jeff's heart stopped beating during this time, but he had a heart beat while being transported to the hospital. Once stabilized, St. John's transported him to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. His first stop was to a cardiologist, who determined that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Although cardiac arrest can sometimes include a heart attack, he did not have a heart attack and there were no blockages in his arteries. They are still not sure what caused the cardiac arrest since he has no history of heart problems, but they are guessing it was due to an irregular heartbeat or electrical issue.
Once arriving at St. Joseph's, the doctors immediately started a cooling process to lower his body temperature to nearly 90 degrees. Their main concern upon Jeff's arrival, and in all of these situations, is whether or not the brain and other vital organs received enough oxygen through the cardiac arrest. This process included 24 hours of maintaining a low temperature once reached, followed by 12 hours of slow heating. This process is the best known way to minimize any potential brain damage.
He has been unconscious and in a coma since the initial incident on Wednesday. The doctors have given us guidance that the best chance for him to wake up is likely in the next two days (today is Monday). We will be posting updates as we get more information from doctors.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! We believe they are working to help Jeff recover, and they are helping to keep our family strong. Since Jeff is in the ICU his guests are very limited, so Kelly and I have been spending time with my Mom these past several days. We will be sure to let all of you know if there is anything you can do to help, but please keep your HOPE and FAITH strong for us.