Kelly Jones

Tyler collapsed may 21st in his sisters home, he had heart surgery to attempt a stent and repair however that didn't work so he had open heart surgery in Bristol on the 22nd June. This was to replace his aorta and also repair a pulmonary valve. The following day he struggled to improve, he stopped breathing and the doctors and nurses resuscitated him for over three hours by hand. There was a doctor who had worked in the specialist heart unit in London who had performed ecmo before and requested the team from London to come and assess tyler for this life saving treatment. The doctor took tyler to theatre and got him on ecmo before the team arrived, saving his life. He was transferred to the royal Brompton in London where he stayed in an induced coma for almost two weeks. He was tried to come off the ventilator twice however both unsuccessful and he was put back to sleep the second attempt as his lungs collapsed and needed further life support. A tracheostomy was put in and he improved slowly.

He was transferred back to Bristol royal infirmary on the adult cardiac intensive unit.
The ecmo is basically the last form of ventilation available they only do it in three places in the U.K. The ecmo is a machine which works as either an artificial heart or lungs, bit like a bypass machine so the organs can rest. All your blood gets taken out of your body, filtered carbon dioxide taken away and the machine oxygenates it for you instead of the lungs. Then put back in bypassing the failed organ. If that doesn't work there isn't any other option available to try. It's a miracle tyler was able to access it the day he did and we are very grateful x Tyler is now home and doing well.

Kelly Jones