ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Brian Holmes spent months within the hospital after getting recognized with COVID-19 on December 14. His case was so extreme, docs mentioned he wanted a double lung transplant to outlive.
“On Christmas Eve I begged and begged and mentioned you’re going to the hospital,” mentioned his spouse Kathie Holmes.
Brian Holmes was at SLU Hospital’s ICU for 2 months on a ventilator and ECMO — life assist. His spouse mentioned he would take three steps ahead and two steps again.
“His probability for survival with out ECMO was virtually zero,” mentioned Dr. Elsayed Abo-Salem, director of SLU’s ECMO program.
Abo-Salem mentioned after practically 53 days on ECMO, Brian Holmes’ lungs had been nonetheless not recovering effectively sufficient and wanted extra assist. At one level, Kathie Holmes mentioned there was hope for enchancment on his personal.
“He was virtually capable of be weened from the ventilator after which he acquired pneumonia from being on the ventilator,” Kathie Holmes mentioned.
In late February, he was airlifted to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in want of a double lung transplant. “There was no facility on this space that was doing transplants for COVID,” mentioned Lisa Erlinger, the RN case supervisor for SLU’s ICU.
On April 6, due to a donor, Brian obtained two new lungs. “In fact I used to be scared however as soon as it was set in, I knew it was reside on a ventilator or get a lung transplant,” Brian Holmes mentioned.
Docs mentioned his case of COVID was some of the extreme, referring to it as COVID ARDS or COVID fibrosis.
“There have been over 100 transplants now which have been accomplished for COVID ARDS or COVID fibrosis worldwide,” mentioned Dr. Marie Budev with the Cleveland Clinic.
After surgical procedure, Brian Holmes started bodily remedy to relearn find out how to stroll and strengthen his new lungs. He’s now capable of stroll on his personal and returned dwelling to St. Louis final week. “I’ve good days and I’ve unhealthy days … take a whole lot of drugs they usually wreak havoc in your abdomen,” he mentioned.
He is misplaced about 60 kilos, however by the grace of God, he is nonetheless right here. “Day-after-day I get up grateful simply that we made it by means of this journey after which the truth that we’re right here as a result of one other particular person made such a choice to be a donor and save different folks’s lives,” Kathie Holmes mentioned.
“It’s made me change my life and the way I act towards folks and adjusted a whole lot of issues,” Brian Holmes mentioned. He plans to proceed bodily remedy on his personal and mentioned he expects to should take medicine for the remainder of his life.
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