My mum is having a tracheostomy today after ecmo . Anyone know why they couldn't do this in the beginning? She has abeen in for nearly 3 weeks now and has had breathing mask for 2 days, the ventilator then the ecmo and now this . She has has a high temperature (39) for 4 days and is bloated and can't move hands or arms . She also has an infection and they don't know what it is . I feel like she has been through so much and her body abused . I know it's all to get her 'better' but the tracheostomy sounds like the kinder way and I'm wondering why it wasn't used in the beginning . The doctor says that it is the way and order they do things ....?