My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 CLL, went through one round of RCVP chemo with no results last year, so was started on Imbruvica in June 2017. The change in his health, energy level, and blood counts was absolutely remarkable. We told everyone it was a miracle drug.
Then without warning, my husband went into sudden cardiac arrest in bed last Saturday, 12/30 around 3:30 AM. Luckily I was awake and heard his distorted breathing! By the time I jumped up and called 911, he had stopped breathing. It is truly a miracle of God that he even survived! They had to resuscitate him 6 times, he was on a vent for 3 days, and he is now awake but suffers from short term memory loss. On top of that, he is now off any treatment and there is no way he will go back on this drug that we thought was saving his life. He never had any heart problems and his catheterization test was clean. His potassium level was 2.4 when they checked it in the ER and the doctors feel this may have put his heart into arrhythmia.
I am just sick inside but so grateful that I'm not a widow today. Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this happening. I truly hope not but would like to hear anything anyone has to share. Thanks so much!