Quite a few of you know I live overseas, all the way in Norway for those that don't.
Two months ago we flew out to Australia to see the family. We fly out every 2 years, although it's been more frequent now my grandparents are getting older. I'm by no means a "family guy", but I do appreciate the time I can spend with my mum, dad, brother and grandparents when we visit. We stayed with mum and dad this time.
Unfortunately this trip didn't turn out as planned. On a Monday night, about 4 days after we arrived, at approximately 03:40 am, mum came in screaming that something was wrong. Dad was dead. No pulse, no breathing - Just dead.
I started CPR immediately. Having had no formal CPR training I had to wing it for 12 minutes until the ambulance arrived. I was so calm I felt absolutely at ease while doing CPR on my father. I have no idea why. Maybe it was the adrenaline or focusing on the task at hand. I was practically emotionless. It didn't sink in that dad was dead until after the ambos arrived and got to work. It was then, looking at dad on the floor that I got this intense feeling that he was gone. I was certain he wasn't going to live through this.
- Dad had a cardiac arrest.
- Wasn't breathing for nearly 20 minutes
- No self sustained pulse for over 20 minutes
- What's the chance we were there when it happened. We visit once every two years.
They did however get a pulse and after much debate wether or not they should chance it, they got him to hospital. After 3 days in a coma and 1 week in hospital he was discharged with broken ribs. He survived. I was almost certain he was going to die. I thought no way anyone can survive being dead so long. I was wrong. Thankfully.
I guess the morale is, don't give up. Just keep up CPR until help arrives. I'll admit that after about 10 minutes I thought it was all over. I'm glad I just kept going!
*Credit to my wife who called 000 and made sure the ambos found our place,
*Credit to mum for keeping a cool head and getting all dads info on his medications when the ambos arrived.
*Credit to the 000 operator who was very good at his job!
*Credit to everyone at the hospital for acting very professionally
While he was in a coma I read lots of articles about out of hospital cardiac arrest. Almost everything pointed to heavy brain damamge or death. around 90% of people who have cardiac arrest never make it to hospital. Of those 10% that do only 20% of those actually make it out of hospital alive with varying degrees of disfunction. So he was extrmely lucky.
Edited by smakme7757, 03 December 2014 - 03:14 AM.