Preventing Major Neurological Damage
Kim Neurohr was critically ill with a severely abnormal heart rhythm and was in danger of dying. His vital signs were weak and he was unconscious. Although paramedics had shocked his heart in an attempt to restore normal function, he remained unresponsive.
Nuerohr was rushed to the PSJMC cardiac catheterization lab where an angiogram confirmed ventricular fibrillation. Neurohr's condition put him at risk for hypoxic ischemic brain damage from deprivation of oxygen. Neuroscience specialists used hypothermia to cool his body temperature to 32 degrees Celsius and maintain it there for 24 hours. This protected Neurohr's brain from cellular damage.
To prevent future cardiac arrest, cardiovascular surgeons implanted an automatic cardiac defibrillator in Neurohr's chest. He returned home several days later, having been spared major damage to his brain and the resulting disability.