This afternoon, Jack will be taken off of the ECMO machine. There are several reasons:
– each day that passes poses higher risk of bleeding in the brain
– his cannula site (or the place where the tubes enter his body) is leaking more and more each day (meaning blood is oozing out of his neck where the tubes are)
– it just doesn’t seem to be helping him.
This morning they did a “trial off” of ECMO and Jack handled it well. The surgeon will come in this afternoon and remove the cannulas, and Jack will go back to being supported solely by a high frequency ventillator.
We do not know what this means for Jack. The truth is, he could live hours, days, or weeks and then pass on.
He could get better.
We just don’t know.
Pray for Jack.