My daughter fell ill on 29th Aug this yr. She was rushed by ambulance to the local hospital. She was placed in an induced coma and ventilated almosted right away. They did tests and found she had influenza A and from that contracted viral pneumonia and unfortunately ARDS. She was intubated almost immediately and we were told by the doctor of the local hospital she had at that point in time, a 50/50 chance of survival. He said she was the sickest person in all of South East Queensland (where we live) and they could nothing more to help her and would need a specialist team to put her on this special machine. So he called all the hospitals to see which ones used this ECMO machine and had a retrieval team, because she was so sick, she would never survive the trip to the other hospital. He found a hospital that was about 1hr 40mins trip from us but the only one that could take her. So at 12.15 am 4 of the top ECMO doctors in Queensland rushed to my daughters rescue. She was operated on that night by the ECMO unit from the Gold Coast Hospital and placed on an ECMO machine. ECMO was her only hope because ARDS prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood. The ECMO machine replaces the oxygen. She was then rushed to the GCUH ICU and was not expected to survive. Her kidneys shut down just days after and was placed on dialysis over the entire time she was in ICU. She had so many problems and with a secondary pneumonia and the difficulty in keeping her vitals level, she flatlined twice. She was on ECMO for 44 days. The docs told us she had a very small chance of survival. 5% at best they gave her. After being a hairs breathe from death, she survived. We were told if she did live it would be many months of extremely painful rehab. Well after 11 weeks and 6 days in hospital, my daughter came home a couple of days ago on the 19th of November infact. No one even the ECMO doctors can believe she has NO lasting problems. It was believed she would have some brain problems. She has NONE. She is weak but within 3 weeks of physio is now walking with a walker. Mainly for balance. She never needed speech therapy. She did have PTSD and ICU delirium for awhile but that didn't last long. She has had some nerve pain in her foot and leg but pills now have that under control. She has astounded the top doctors and physios. So don't ever give up on your loved one. Miracles really do happen. It happened to us.