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4/26/2017 Latest post:
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Thomas suffered a severe asthma attack and cardiac arrest on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was rendered unconscious due to the events, but was given CPR by a friend for 20 minutes until paramedics arrived. Due to being unconscious for so long, he is in a coma.
For the first week in the Cardiac ICU he was on a ventilator and lots of IVs, and a feeding tube. He had pneumonia and some other issues which needed to be stabilized along with his asthma.
At the end of the first week, Thomas received a semi-permanent trachea tube, feeding tube directly into his stomach, and a more permanent IV to make it easier to care for him. He was also taken off sedation so his eyes began opening, blinking, and moving around. He also yawns, coughs, and stretches. However none of these actions are in response to any stimulation.
During week two he had some feeding tube complications and had to have a small surgery to fix it. The hospital starting breathing trials during week two as well in an effort to eventually wean him off breathing support. At the end of week two he could breathe seven hours on his own, but hasn't made it to eight yet.
This week, which Thursday will be the end of week three, our goal is to get Thomas into a skilled nursing facility for his long term care.
We unfortunately had to limit visitation thus far because Thomas is under an isolation protocol due to his pneumonia and other infections.
We will continue to post weekly updates for a while with hope that Thomas will wake from his coma with only minor brain injuries.
Thank you for all your support, prayers, and words of encouragement as our family works to get Thomas well.