July 13, 2018

Thumbs Up for UCLA Health

By uclahealth

Thumbs Up for UCLA Health

“My mom came out of the elevator and heard ‘he’s code blue, he’s code blue,’ and she walked to my room where I had flat-lined,” says Matt Pohlson, who came to the hospital thinking he might have appendicitis. “I went to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and they could tell there was a blockage in my intestines. So they did the gut surgery and it went well, but it created some kind of stress that created a heart failure. They got a pulse and I remember coming out and seeing my dad. I gave him a thumbs up and heard them saying we need to use this ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. My understanding is that the ECMO is a machine that enables your heart to function while your normal heart is not. I woke up four days later, and now I’m here, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and I’m totally healthy. Everyone here is amazing and I love my team. I could not be more grateful.”

Tags: appendicitis, Cardiology, ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, featured, featured story, heart failure, Santa Monica, surgery, Surgery, UCLA Medical Center

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