On August 10 2017 Karen went to Falmouth Hospital for a hiatal hernia surgery. The surgery went well but afterwards she had challenges maintaining adequate blood oxygen levels and was admitted to the ICU. She was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
On August 23 2017, she was transferred by helicopter to a Boston ICU for further evaluation and treatment. Pneumonia seemed to be the main driver of her ARDS. She made significant progress and was weaned off the ventilator.
On Sept 8 2017, she was transferred to a Long Term Acute Care facility for daily physical and respiratory therapy.
Current Location: VIBRA HOSPITAL, room 208A 4499 Acushnut Ave., New Bedford, MA. 02745 Tel. 508 995 6900 www.vhmass.com
Current Status: Steady improvements. She is currently unable to converse.