Back on December 7, 2000, my sister, 30 yr old Jenny Doyle Walker's life was failing, and, according to Doctor's, she may have passed away on the opearting table that day...........Jenny has Multiple Sclerosis and it affected her life to such an effect that she fell over at home and passed out - - - an ambulance took her to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was taken directly to the Emergency Room.......the following ensued....
"All day of December 7, no one could tell what Jenny's issue was, but the news kept coming back worse and worse. She was getting sicker and sicker as they tested for migraines, pancreas and kidney problems, stomach problems, viruses, diabetes and other problems. Fluids and morphine were given to Jenny through a tube and they may have somehow filled up her lungs. Apparently, when they attempted to put an oxygen tube or mask on Jenny, she kept pulling it away, probably because she couldn't breathe and wanted to keep all obstructions away from her mouth. They had to tie her arms down so she wouldn't get in the way ! Jenny was very afraid..............she had extremely frightened eyes..........as she was fighting for her life
Finally, a doctor put her on a respirator (a tube in her mouth to help her breath) and while in the Emergency Room, she had a heart attack. It became clear that in addition to all the problems she was having, the heart appeared to top the list, but still, no one knew what was happening.........Perhaps the other problems were a result of the heart problem ........
Jenny's life hung by a thread all night long as the doctors diagnosed her condition. "
On December 8, a diagnosis was made and surgery to install a HeartMate was performed :
Following is the story................... An absolute miracle - -- and a gift from God !!!!
- May 25-26, 2001 - - - A 2 day return to the hospital !!!! Click here for update.....
April 28, 2001 - - - Some pictures of Jenny and Ellie !!!! - - A Must See !
April 18, 2001 - - - Some pictures of a HeartMate !!!!!
April 25, 2001 - - - What happened ??????? - Read a one paragraph summary of the events that preceded Jenny going to the hospital for life saving heart surgery !
Daily updates - March - April 25, 2001 - Read the day by day accounts of Jenny's progress while she is in the hospital ! From April 11, 2001 - April 25, 2001 ! (Also, includes a few doctor visits prior to Jenny's hospital stay)
Summary update - December 2000 - January 2001- A 47 day summary of Jenny's hospital stay - December 7, 2000 - January 23, 2001.
Daily updates - December 2000 - January 2001- Read the day by day accounts of Jenny's "outstanding progress" while she was in the hospital ! From Dec 7, 2000 - January 23, 2001 !
April 18, 2001 - - - HeartMate - From December 8, 2000 - April 18, 2001 - - - Jenny had a 4 lb. HeartMate inside her body - - click this to see what a HeartMate is.......
January 2001 - -- - Pictures !!!!! - Check out a few pictures of Chris, Jenny and baby Ellie (from January 2001)
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