Patient_Experiences

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  • On the road to being ‘fighting fit’
    On the road to being ‘fighting fit’

    Peter came into hospital to have major cardiac surgery to fix two heart valves. Unfortunately after the long surgery the right side of Peter’s heart started to fail. In the middle of the night, in an induced coma in the ICU, he was in a fight for his life. His…

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  • Rocking out with a little help from the “ICU Angels”
    Rocking out with a little help from the “ICU Angels”

    At over 5 weeks into his ICU stay post major cardiac surgery, it’s safe to say that the road hasn’t been easy for Karl. Infections, pancreatitis, renal failure requiring dialysis, being fed intravenously and a slow respiratory wean via a tracheostomy are all hurdles that Karl has taken in his…

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  • “This player wanted to play” – victory after 3 weeks in ICU with severe COVID-19 infection
    “This player wanted to play” – victory after 3 weeks in ICU with severe COVID-19 infection

    Ramzi spent approximately 3 weeks in ICU with severe COVID-19 infection after 10 days of illness at home. He required a long duration on a mechanical ventilator, a brief run of proning (being nursed on the front instead of the back for lung aeration) and a tracheostomy among many other…

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  • Surviving over a month in ICU for severe COVID-19 infection
    Surviving over a month in ICU for severe COVID-19 infection

    Betty spent over a month in St Vincent’s Melbourne ICU for critical illness secondary to COVID-19. She had two runs on a mechanical ventilator and was proned (nursed on her front rather than back whilst in a medically induced coma) for long periods of time to improve her lung function.…

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  • Recovering from a brain aneurysm
    Recovering from a brain aneurysm

    “From the moment we arrived in the ambulance with Dennis, I felt very glad we were here. I was really thrilled when I knew we were being transferred to St Vincent’s. So from the moment we came through the doors…I trusted that everything that could be done would be done…

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  • Fighting respiratory failure
    Fighting respiratory failure

    “My name is Amanda Johnson, I am now 30 years old, back in 2016-2017 I ended up in ICU for about 4-5 weeks when I was told by my local GP I had respiratory failure. I was in and out of sleep for days. I ended up having to get…

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  • On induced comas and the small things that matter
    On induced comas and the small things that matter

    “We DO remember- not everything, obviously, but quite a few snippets of hazy lucidity tend to stay with you- almost like waking recall of a dream, but one that stays with you much longer.” “…mostly I choose to remember the nurses who held my hand or brushed my hair off…

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  • Fighting Leukaemia and a Stroke
    Fighting Leukaemia and a Stroke

    “Thank you for never giving up.” Within one week of marrying his sweetheart, Travis Abel was in the St Vincent’s Intensive Care Unit. Diagnosed with leukaemia, complications set in, and Travis suffered a stroke. What followed was a nightmare of hope and despair, for his bride Ellie, who sat by…

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  • Recovering from Necrotising Pancreatitis
    Recovering from Necrotising Pancreatitis

    “October 2017 I was diagnosed with acute Necrotising Pancreatitis. Spent 8 days in ICU in Bendigo before being urgently flown to St.Vincents public. I spent a total of 9 weeks going from ICU and ward 7 East. The staff were amazing becoming almost a second family as my family were…

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  • Surviving open heart surgery, cardiac arrest and days on a heart bypass machine in ICU
    Surviving open heart surgery, cardiac arrest and days on a heart bypass machine in ICU

    Robert Coe had an incredible journey, surviving against the odds. When he went in for a complex open heart operation to fix a large coronary artery aneurysm he already had a struggling heart. At the end of a difficult operation, his heart gave out leading to a cardiac arrest. He…

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