John Eichelberger | CaringBridge

John Eichelberger

First post: Mar 23, 2018 Latest post: Jul 23, 2018
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Hi all,  John played 18 holes of golf, worked in the yard and volunteered from 6-9 pm at our church, First Baptist Peachtree City on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  He came home about 9:30 pm and while eating, he experienced severe back pain.  The pain became increasingly worse and he experienced shortness of breath and nausea.  I transported him to Piedmont Fayette where he was diagnosed with a ruptured esophagus, requiring emergency surgery.  He was transported by ambulance to Piedmont Atlanta, admitted to Medical-Surgical ICU at 5 am Wednesday morning.  Dr. Eric Sciesu performed a thoracotomy, remove a piece of chest muscle and patched a hole in the back of John's esophagus.  He inserted three chest tubes, NG tube, a Jackson Pratt drain and subclavian line for external liquid feeding.   He was intubated, placed on a ventilator and returned to ICU to begin his recovery process.