As a leading Spokane, WA kidney disease expert, 56-year-old Katherine Tuttle, MD, follows the dietary and exercise advice she gives her patients. Still, the morning of April 9, 2012, her heart stopped without warning, resulting in sudden cardiac death—a complete system shutdown—no heartbeat, no pulse.
Fortunately, Kathy's husband - Spokane cardiologist Dr. Andy Boulet, was awakened by the massive seizure taking control of his wife’s body and started CPR until paramedics arrived.
Paramedics shocked Kathy twice to bring her heart back to life. Emergency Room doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center induced therapeutic hypothermia to keep her body temperature below normal; she spent the next five days in a coma. After waking, surgeons implanted a defibrillator to monitor and control dangerous heart rhythms.
"I received wonderful care. I've never seen a nursing staff as good as the one we have at Sacred Heart," Kathy says. "But I think there are some obstacles that just make it a little harder than it needs to be."
"The new design, the new technology will let them focus on the patient," Dr. Tuttle continues. "I think that it's a fabulous investment for the community, and maybe for you. You might be the next guy in there. If not you, it will be your friends, it will be your family."
"It's a fantastic opportunity to give a gift that matters."
To make a donation to the Spokane CICU expansion and remodeling project at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, visit http://PHCCardiacCare.org
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