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11/26/2016 Latest post:
Hi everyone! This is Julie. I set up this site for Rachel and Maddie to help get updates out there to you all. It has meant a lot to the girls for all of your wishes and support. Thank you for that! It has been a very rough week. Bill had a heart attack Thurs, Nov 17th but was able to come through that and went to the emergency room on Sat, Nov 19th. They took him to Omaha immediately. Sun, Nov 20th, he had a heart catheter and they determined he had some major blockage and scheduled surgery for Mon, Nov 21st to put in stints. During surgery, we lost him twice but thankfully, they were able to revive him after 15 minutes of CPR. They were able to get 3 of 4 stints in. Tues, Nov 22nd, he was breathing on his own and heart was pumping on its own. Wed, Nov 23rd, he did not have a good night and now was on full ventilation and pump acting as artificial heart doing the work for him. He developed an infection somewhere. They then decided to send him to UNMC as they have great specialists that deal with heart failure. There was a great risk in moving him but it had to be done. He was moved then in the afternoon and thankfully they did. Once they got him stable, everyone started feeling a little more confident in the dr's here. His vital signs and infection have slowly improved since then. He had a blood transfusion on Thurs, Nov 24. Since then they have backed off of 5 meds. They also reduced the sedation a little. This was huge for the girls. It meant so much to them to see some life in him even though they knew that he was being sedated. I told him the girls were going to kick his butt and he wrinkled up his forehead a little. I will never forget the smile on the girls' face. The goal for the heart failure specialist was to have the breathing tube out by tomorrow but it may be a little longer. So as of tonight, he is still in critical condition but is definitely going in the right direction. Rachel will try to keep you updated on his condition. Again, I can't thank you enough for the support the girls have received.