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Sep 3, 2017 Latest post:
Sep 26, 2017
On Friday, September 1st, 2017, dad suffered a major heart attack while making a delivery at 3M. He was in a busy 3M elevator when he collapsed. As soon as the elevator doors opened on the next floor, someone spotted him, started CPR, contacted 3M's EMT team and, used an AED to defibrillate him. On his way Regions, he was without a pulse for around 4 minutes. EMTs got his heart started again with an adrenaline shot in his knee. Once he got to Regions, he was immediately worked on by the Director of the Cardiac Unit. After nearly 2 hours in surgery, 5 stents in 4 arteries later, dad was stabilized and put into a medically induced coma. Because dad was without a pulse for a length of time, there is risk of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Once dad got out of surgery, he was cooled to 36 degrees Celsius for 24 hours to protect his brain. Around 2:00 pm on Saturday, the medical team began the warming process. Once he is warmed, they can being to take him off the sedatives and being the slow process of getting him awake and testing brain function.
As of Saturday afternoon, dad's Ejection Fraction was between 10%-15%. Ejection Fraction is the percentage of blood that gets pumped out of the heart with each beat. A healthy heart pumps 50-75%. While this is quite a low number, it means that his heart is weak. This is expected when someone suffers a heart attack as large as his. With time, whether it be days or months, his Ejection Fraction can increase. In the event that he is ready to be discharged and his percentage is still this low, he will likely have a pacemaker placed.
At intake, he was listed as a "John Doe." However, there are likely to be multiple John Doe's in a hospital at any given time, so they have a system of naming patients like they do hurricanes. So, dad was given the new name of Olive Doe for his first few hours. In Ancient Greece, an olive branch represents peace and victory. Mom, Jack and, I have taken to calling him Olive any chance we get.
We will update this site with any new information we get. If you feel the need to come visit dad, we absolutely welcome you to do so! We know that he has a large 3M/CES/Freeman/KOG family beyond just the Hanson-Warren family. You can contact Sam at (763)-438-0777.