Last Saturday my partner suffered a cardiac arrest whilst out on a run. I was running separately and came across him getting CPR, luckily from an off duty cardiac surgeon, with the ambulance on the phone. He is 29 and very fit, we moved into a new flat a week ago and we were lugging stuff in no problem. He has no preexisting conditions and they haven’t been able to ascertain why the arrest happened.
He was in a 48hour cooling period before they warmed him and tried a sedation hold. He didn’t wake up properly (no purposeful movement) so they did an EEG & MRI, which showed his brain stem is in tact but he sustained a lot of hypoxic brain damage. They’re hesitant to state how he will wake up as they say it completely depends on the person. They’ve done a tracheostomy on him as he was biting down on his tube whilst on sedation hold, so they’ve been able to have him on and off sedation for the last day or so. He’s had some abnormal arm/leg movement and has gone from opening eyes when they do suction (chest infection) to trying to spontaneously open eyes.
I don’t know what I’m asking, but I’m just wondering if anyone has any advice or experience with wake up times and recovery. It’s Christmas Day today and I am in pieces-I’ve been with him since I was 21 and we are engaged with a plan to be married next year. I am just hoping and praying he wakes up.