“It is a privilege to work with so many caring, hard working providers at UC Davis Children's Hospital,” Holcroft said. “Upon Jordan's arrival, he had waiting for him: a cardiothoracic surgeon, a cardiologist, an echosonographer, an ECLS perfusionist, several registered nurses (including one called in from home to monitor the ECLS circuit), a respiratory therapist and administrative support. All of these people, working together, saved Jordan's life, and that was just in the first few minutes of his arrival. Within hours, many other physicians, nurses and therapists continued to provide support. I believe that this collaborative approach to medicine is what makes UC Davis Children's Hospital special.”
“This is what we do here,” Holcroft continued. “We have the state-of-the-art equipment and the highly skilled people trained in its use who can treat the very sickest patients, often bringing them back from near death. I feel very glad to have been able to be a part of caring for Jordan, and am genuinely gratified that we were able to send him back home to his family and friends. It’s the best part of what I do here.”
Jordan would remain on ECMO for about 60 hours. He would be removed from the device on Thursday, Aug. 22. In a rapid turnaround, he would be ready to be discharged from the hospital five days later on Aug. 27. The teenager is continuing to mend at home, and is expected to make a full recovery, though he will receive physical therapy to help him regain his strength. Throughout the ordeal he lost 10 pounds, most of it muscle.
Allen said that everyone at his school, and as is typical in a sparsely populated community, everyone in the Eastern Sierra knows about his illness.
“The care that Jordan received at UC Davis went above and beyond all expectations,” said Allen, who frequently works with hospital systems to help them improve care systems for non-English speaki
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