Articles  |   April 2019
Back From the Brink of Death
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Critical Care / Respiratory System / Articles
Articles   |   April 2019
Back From the Brink of Death
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 38-40.
ASA Monitor 4 2019, Vol.83, 38-40.
No one could have been more surprised than Nir Hoftman, M.D., when he recently opened his email to find a message from a patient he cared for nearly five years ago. At the time, he thought that the patient might never survive her catastrophic illness, let alone recover enough to say thank you.
“I am so grateful to you for helping to save my life,” wrote Linda O. Hatcher, a Los Angeles attorney who practices health care business law. “My survival and recovery have been extraordinary, and it is in no small measure due to you.”
Dr. Hoftman, UCLA’s Chief of Thoracic Anesthesiology, first met Ms. Hatcher on March 21, 2014, in UCLA’s interventional radiology (IR) suite. At that point, the 51-year-old woman needed general anesthesia for a hazardous procedure – inserting an “AngioVac®” device to evacuate thrombi from her venous system – and she was already critically ill from a complex cascade of events. During the case, Ms. Hatcher suffered full cardiac arrest from more thrombi that clogged her lungs and caused her heart to fail.
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