Vernon Turner

First post: Mar 13, 2018 Latest post: Dec 3, 2018
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On Monday night/Tuesday morning, March 6th, my dad, Vernon, had a major heart attack. My mom, Debbie, took him to Baylor Grapevine hospital where they admitted him and set out to determine the extent of the damage.  ....It was bad. They inserted a balloon pump to share the workload of his heart to allow his heart to rest. The original plan was to let him stabilize for a couple of days to gain strength, remove the balloon pump (a scary step!), then to send him to The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton to have bypass surgery. By Thursday, fluid had developed on his lungs but the surgery was tentatively scheduled for Friday morning. He was successfully transferred to The Heart Hospital on Thursday afternoon, but upon arrival he was struggling to breathe. His lungs had gathered more fluid by Thursday evening and the doctor called off the surgery because his lungs just weren't strong enough. 

He spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday trying desperately to rest. His oxygen levels did come back up and slowly but surely breathing became less labored. Nights were rough and eating continued to be an ordeal, with him not able to keep anything down. His heart and lungs were not helping each other, and his heart went through a period of atrial fibrillation (a-fib) Saturday morning. However, with time, his oxygen levels increased to where they should be and he needed less oxygen given to him.

Monday was an amazing day and Tuesday morning (March 13th) started out well. However, he suffered several more heart attacks. He currently is being transferred to a hospital in Dallas., where we pray he will be stable enough to await a heart transplant. 

We thank you for your continued prayers!


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