Pulmonary Embolism Survivor Robert Skehan and his family came to Cypress Creek EMS recently to thank the medics and the hospital staff who saved his life on July 31, 2015.
This reunion began with this message on the Cypress Creek EMS Facebook Page from Robert’s daughter, Kelly Skehan….“ A man and a women from Cypress Creek EMS transported my father Robert Skehan to Willowbrook Methodist on July 31st. In route he coded and y’all performed CPR. I was hoping that in some way my family could figure out who this was. Because my family would like to thank them. Because you acted quickly, I have my dad! And, its amazing that he is alive and has no brain damage. I just can’t express our gratitude. We would like to come up and personally say thank you. Please let me know how and if this is possible. Thank you again. You saved his life!”
So, our staff began the process of setting up the reunion meeting. Our research showed that Cypress Creek Medics Eric Barnes and Amber Wright made the call.
Robert’s wife, Eunice, had called 9-1-1 at 8:30 pm saying her husband was having difficulty breathing and chest pains. As the ambulance was arriving at the hospital Robert’s heart stopped. One of the medics started CPR while the other deployed the Lucas Device, an automated CPR machine. Once the Lucus Device was in place keeping Robert’s blood flowing, the medics took Robert into the Emergency Department at Houston Methodist Willowbrook.
The symptoms would seem to indicate heart attack, but from the medical history Paramedic Eric Barnes had gathered he suspected Pulmonary Embolism. In part that was because Robert had surgery the week before. Pulmonary Embolism is a life threatening condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.
The emergency room doctors and nurses at Methodist Willowbrook acted quickly, shocking Robert’s heart back into rhythm and then treating the cause of the cardiac arrest and taking preventive measures to reduce the chance of it ever happening again.