Hi, am new here, a family member has now been at ICU for 9 days. Two weeks ago she felt she was having a heart attack, we found out her heart rate was twice as fast as a normal person. Her blood was too thick so she was given something to thin the blood. She was in hospital for one week, monitored and sent home with heart tablets and given warfarin in the stomach. These became infected & she began to feel very weak and tired, no energy so we called out the doctor and he told us it was not uncommon & given penicillin to take. A few days later it was time for her blood test so we went to the hospital to be told it was not ok for these bruising and swelling to of came up on her stomach like it has. This was a allergic reaction and she was told she would have to stay in hospital. As we got her on a ward she began to feel very weak and dizzy she then went into (what they think was cardiac arrest) To me it looked like she was having a fit. She was then down for 6-8 minutes she was brought back to life and now she is in the ICU. They had her on all different medicines but gradually she has came off them all and is just on a ventilator and a feeding tube. She has been on deep sedation, morphine and a sleeping tablet. The docs say they thought she would be more responsive by now but she is with us, she is smiling at us, blinking her eyes when we ask and reaching her arm to our hand. They have done a brain scan when it first happened and they said it was normal they are currently waiting the results of another brain scan & x-ray. What are the chances of her coming out of this? Will she be brain damaged? Should she be coming round more quickly after a week of deep sedation? Any help would be great. Thank you.
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