December 2016/No. 43
When Dr.William McNamara awoke from a month-long, medically induced coma, he couldn’t lift a finger, much less himself from the bed. An orthopedic surgeon for over 30 years, Dr. McNamara, 76, was rushed to Suburban Hospital on February 2 in grave respiratory distress due to pneumonia, with an oxygen intake score hovering at 83 percent.While unconscious,
he underwent a battery of life-saving procedures, including intravenous antibiotics, intubation, a tracheostomy, a bronchoscopy, and physical suspension from a variety of postural positions to drain fluid from his lungs.To further complicate his condition, an abdominal hernia was discovered, unrelated
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Back home after three months at the Post- Acute Care Center, Dr.William McNamara relaxes with Gracie.
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