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Please please tell me what's happening to my grandfather.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 10, 2010
  • 03:10 AM

My grandfather was helping trim a tree in our yard. After pulling a branch out he stood still, kind of rubbed is left shoulder, mumbled something, turned pale white and fell to the ground. He gasped for air for a few seconds and then stopped breathing while is eyes were wide open and slightly rolled back.

We felt no pulse and my sister and I tried CPR, her giving chest compressions and me giving mouth to mouth. Emt's arrived and shocked him twice and got his heart pumping.

It has now been over 30 hours now and he is still in a coma type state, he responds to little to no stimulation. His pupils have reacted to light, he jerked a leg when his foot was tickled, he scrunched his face a couple of times to pain.

He has not been under any form of sedation and won't wake up. All day yesterday his eyes were open and for the first part of the day were rolled back, then later they were staring off into space and not focusing on anything. He would sort of blink a few times when someone would talk to him. All day today his eyes have been shut and he seems to be more at rest.

All the tests they have run so far have shown no signs of a heart attack or stroke or aneurysm, and his arteries are completely clear. He has had heart rhythm problems for a long time now and the only guess was that maybe he passed out from rapid heart rate. His vitals are stable now except he is on a ventilator and only takes a breath over it every now and then. The doctors said that stroke may not show up in a test just yet. They scanned his brain for functionality but we have yet to hear from results. He is almost 71 but he is by no means a feeble old man, he has always been a healthy strong person who doesn't look or act his age.

My question is, do we have any hope that he can pull through this and wake up, if so will he have a chance of being close to his normal self, or any ideas of what might have or will happen to him. My family is so stressed and scared from waiting so long and not knowing any more than we do. We have been talking to him like he hears us and trying to think of ways for him to snap out of it. Please help with any answers. Thank you so much.

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