Texas COVID-19 patient with ‘10% chance of survival’ recovers after Oxygenation Treatment in Dallas hospital
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some COVID-19 patients on the verge of death are recovering due to a machine and a team of doctors at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Dallas sharing a remarkable story of survival with a patient.
Mary Mariner, 64, had a less than 10% chance of survival. Not only is she alive, she is back to normal, according to her doctors.
It’s because of a treatment that not every hospital has.
But Mariner’s daughter thankfully knew what helped to save her mother’s life.
Doctors said Mariner had little chance of survival after contracting COVID-19 in August, and the virus attacked her heart.
She was in a San Antonio hospital where her family said they had been told she probably wouldn’t make it.
“We thought there was a very good chance we’d lose her, that was the darkest moment,” said husband Larry Mariner.
Mary’s daughter Stacy is a nurse and had heard of the success of ECMO machines.
The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can withdraw blood from the body and supply it with oxygen.
Baylor Scott & White Dallas has 12 ECMO machines that are used to treat patients who are deprived of the assistance of a ventilator and are close to death.
Stacy called Baylor, who was flying a medical helicopter to pick up her mother and fly her to Dallas for ECMO treatment.
“I’m very happy that I was able to do this for my family,” said Stacy.
After just four days Mariner’s heart recovered and she was soon home with her family and healthy.
Unfortunately, not every hospital has the resources to use ECMO technology.
But Baylor says three quarters of the 50 patients it was treated with survived.
The Mariner and her doctor, Dr. Gary Schwartz, had an online emotional video meeting on Friday December 4th.
“I had a chance to survive and without Dr. Schwartz and his team I wouldn’t be here,” said Mariner. “I was so lucky that they were there for me and I totally appreciate him and he is just one person in my life that I will never forget. Dr. Schwartz, thank you from the bottom of my heart. “
“Thank you. Thank you, Mary,” said Dr. Schwartz.
Baylor says hospital calls are being taken every day asking ECMO teams to pick up their patients and bring them to Dallas.
Doctors there say they are taking in as many as possible, but unfortunately the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients is just too high to take them all in.
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