Ken Besel

First post: Feb 7, 2016 Latest post: Jul 7, 2021
Ken collapsed while helping extinguish a small grain fire at WFS on Friday, February 5. While St James FD arrived on scene, the first responders were able to initiate CPR, as Ken was unresponsive. He was transported by St James ambulance to MCHS-SJ where the medical staff diligently attempted to revive him. They continued CPR for 45 minutes, along with defibrillation, and were able to stabilize him enough to be airlifted to St Mary's Hospital in Rochester. He underwent tests and procedures to determine what caused him to go unresponsive. The care team determined he suffered cardiac arrest from an arrhythmia of unknown origin. He was immediately placed in a hypothermia protocol, cooling his body to 96 degrees, allowing his brain to rest and promote recovery. The next 24-48 hours will be very critical in order for us to determine his neurological status.

We know Ken is a fighter and he has amazed us with his ability to stay with us so far. Please keep our whole family in your prayers and we will attempt to keep everyone updated as things progress.

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