Jacksonville gentleman in ICU with COVID-19 hoping to obtain lifesaving procedure

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 40-year-old Jacksonville man is combating for his lifetime towards COVID-19 as he retains out for a lifesaving technological innovation.

Shane Oneal’s fight from COVID-19 started 2 and a 50 percent months ago.

“They promptly place him on oxygen. They started off steroids, they started antibiotics because he experienced COVID pneumonia,” stated Kylie Dean, Oneal’s daughter.

Dean is an ICU nurse and is pregnant with his initial grandchild, a baby boy.

“I’m trying to stay hopeful for my dad mainly because I see the results that COVID has on sufferers,” said Dean.

Shane Oneal and his daughter, Kylie Dean. (Delivered to WJXT)

She acquired a cellphone get in touch with on Thursday that her father was going to the intense treatment device.

“‘Just calling to let you know, we just intubated your father.’ Of class, the very last thing he explained was, ‘Call my daughter and inform her what is heading on.’ He’s on the max guidance that a ventilator can get,” said Dean.

Inside hrs of intubating him, Dean explained, she discovered her father was a candidate for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also recognised as ECMO.


“ECMO essentially bypasses my dad’s heart and lungs and filters his blood for him. Oxygenates get rid of the carbon dioxide, all of these items,” claimed Dean. “It will allow his heart and his lungs to rest.”

Regretably, the hospital Oneal is at doesn’t have ECMO beds. Dean reported UF Health and Mayo Clinic have ECMO, but none are readily available. UF Overall health officials explained to News4Jax the healthcare facility has two ECMO beds, but they are now remaining made use of.

“His survival amount correct now is 25 to 29 p.c. With ECMO, it would place him nearer to the 60-% assortment,” explained Dean. “He only has a solitary organ failure right now, which is his lungs. It could be a matter of time just before it turns into multi-organ failure and potentially not grow to be a applicant for ECMO.”

Dean said she has designed phone calls to other amenities with ECMO throughout the nation. She is praying a bed will open before long so her father can satisfy his very first grandchild.

Dean claimed the healthcare facility her father is at is also serving to them try to come across an ECMO bed.


She explained that a 7 days before her father was meant to get the vaccine was when he contracted COVID-19.

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