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Monday, August 10, 2009 Kim, Community Member, asks

Q: My Dad is recovery in ICU from heart attack (3 in 20 minutes). Will he ever recover and come home?

2 were in ambulance, last in hospital, his heart did stop and they did CPR. His front artery was 100% blocked. They gave him a Balloon Pump and stint. Now fighting infection and temperature. Still has ventilator but no longer sedated. No brain damage is apparent - nods and obeys instructions. Very weak been 12 days. What are his chances of recovery. Will he ever leave hospital. His eyes tell me that he's fighting for his life. My Dad is the world to me but, I hope he is not suffering. I need to know what we are doing is for the best to help rather than lengthen weeks of undignified time for him. We have watched long terrible suffering from 2 other family members and I know he dosen't ever want this. It's been discussed before all of this. I'm scared because I don't know what to pray for anymore. Dad is extremely fit. He walks and works on the farm every weekend but was fortunately at home 10 minutes from the hospital. He's never smoked or drank in his life. He's 69, and been on blood pressure tablets for 3 years. His mum had 17 strokes and passed at 82 years of age. Is it time and patience of mental on his part?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Kim

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By Kim, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/10/09, First Published: 08/10/09