My father was a considerably healthy 61 year old man 2 weeks ago. On Wednesday, November 10th he went into his regular doctor for a stress test after having some difficulties breathing after a football game. The doctor immediately sent him to the local hospital because he "failed" the stress test. He was then told he had 3 clogged arteries and would need to have triple bypass surgery immediately to correct the problem and since he was in such good health he could be considered for robotic bypass which we were told is less invasive and had a shorter recovery time than the traditional bypass. He was scheduled for surgery on Monday, November 15th and the surgery went well. He was awake after the surgery and even spoke to my step mother once the breathing tube was removed. At 2:00 AM on Tuesday morning his blood pressure became very low, the surgeon determined he was losing blood and decided to operate before he was moved to the operating room but after being put under again his heart stopped. We are being told his heart stopped and his brain lacked oxygen for around 6 to 7 minutes. He was put onto the bypass machine and the surgeon immediately worked to repair a few broken stitches in his arteries. After the surgery we were told they fixed everything and he would be ok. Two full days went by without mention of any issues and even though he had not woken up it was considered normal after surgery. On the third day it was finally mentioned to us that it may be good to have the neurologist come in and do some tests to see what if anything may be wrong. On the fourth day the neurologist finally showed up and ran the tests on him then reported back to us the following day with horrible news. He stated that due to the low blood pressure and the heart stopping my father had lacked oxygen to his brain and it has caused unrecoverable damage.
Although he is not considered brain dead, as most of his organs are still functioning and there is still function in his brain stem, he would never recover. In the neurologists words "0 chance of recovery". His EEG showed "low amplitude" according to the neurologist.
I am still terribly confused as to why this all occurred and why it took so long for us to be informed of this issue. The hospital has been extremely difficult to deal with and we even had the neurologist meet with us to explain without getting any real information beyond what we already knew. We even seemed to anger them by asking questions about what occurred and how we are treating it going forward.
I am also wondering if there is anything we can do to improve his condition. I understand he will never be 100% but there has got to be something we can try, some treatment that can be done to help him try to recover.
I just feel like the hospital is giving us no options and no course of treatment even for the short term. I have no problem with excepting this but I feel it was a quick answer to a very complicated situation that gave us no hope of ever having our father again.