New LVAD and diagnosis of Covid 19Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:10PM
My father just had an LVAD put in on October 9th. The surgery went good and he was taken off the ventilator the following day. He then began to develop extreme breathing problems and was not able to take deep enough breaths and was retaining carbon dioxide and becoming extremely confused due to this. They decided to put him back on the ventilator yesterday the 18th and this morning the hospital called me and told me that he was having “episodes” through out the night so they decided to test him for Covid 19 and he tested positive. He is still on the ventilator and they have since moved him to a Covid wing. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and if so, what was the outcome? He is only 65 and I can’t bear to think that this might be the end for him.