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Jordan Myhre article in The Denver Post

Post by freckles1880 » August 1st, 2009, 4:18 pm

The following article was in the Denver Post July 31, 2009. I thought it was interesting and have invited Jordon (through the Denver Post writer) to join our group. The reporter said she had done so.

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Post by ~guin » August 1st, 2009, 4:32 pm

Good article. I decided to post it here as sometimes the links disappear.
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New medical technologies in Littleton save teen swimmer
By Colleen O'Connor
The Denver Post
Posted: 07/31/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 07/31/2009 07:34:14 AM MDT

Jordan Myhre, an athletic 19-year-old, is spending some time at home recuperating from a stint in the hospital following a cardiac arrest. (THE DENVER POST | Aaron Montoya)

Jordan Myhre felt great when he arrived at Goodson Rec Center on July 7 to train for his second triathlon of the summer. But by 9 a.m., the 19-year-old lay on the pool deck in massive cardiac arrest.

If not for a nurse at the rec center and new medical technologies used at every step of the emergency — from a pool-side automated external defibrillator to a body-chilling machine at the hospital — Myhre probably would be dead today.

"It was the most horrifying, terrible thing that could happen to our son, but it happened in the perfect surroundings," said his mother, Teresa Myhre.

Three weeks later, Jordan, a competitive swimmer since age 5, is recuperating by sleeping a lot, reading John Grisham novels, watching "The Office" and eating lots of his favorite meals — from Chipotle — to regain the 20 pounds he lost in the hospital.

He hopes to return in late August to his pre-med studies at Southern Illinois University, where he will be a sophomore.

"I feel fine, just like before," Jordan said. "The only difference is this thing in my chest."

He left the hospital with a pacemaker and a defibrillator, along with a diagnosis of Long QT syndrome, a rare heart-rhythm disorder that can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats.

"I can't believe I made it this long without anything else happening," said Jordan, a lifelong athlete who said he loves to push his physical limits.

Learning of his diagnosis, Jordan's older sister had herself tested for Long QT syndrome and discovered she also has it. She believes that his experience saved her life.

Jordan has no memory of the morning he nearly died. But his coach, Nick Frasersmith, recalls every detail and the fear he felt.

"It was a regular practice," he said. "There was no sign of anything different from any other day."

"Breathe, wake up, do something"

Jordan had just finished the last set, touching the wall before anyone else, and gone straight into warm-down.
Jordan Myhre is at home recovering from cardiac arrest that put him in the hospital. He has a genetic heart condition that was also diagnosed in his sister. (Aaron Montoya, The Denver Post )

Suddenly, Frasersmith noticed that Jordan was swimming crooked. He saw him flip over on his back and sensed something wasn't right.

Frasersmith yelled to another swimmer to pull Jordan to the side of the pool and raced over.

As the lifeguard called 911, a woman — a nurse arriving for a water aerobics class — offered to help.

They couldn't find a pulse, so they started CPR. The coach did rescue breathing while the nurse performed the compressions.

The lifeguard rushed over with the AED, an automated defibrillator that detected that the rhythm of Jordan's heart indicated the need for a shock. They wiped his body dry, applied the pads and began that work.

"It was very surreal," Frasersmith said. "The weird part was why he was in this situation. It's not like he hit his head or slipped and fell. I thought, 'Breathe, wake up, do something.' "

They shocked his heart twice before paramedics arrived.

"It was very scary," Frasersmith said. "He did not look like he was going to make it."

Littleton Fire and Rescue arrived in an ambulance equipped with AutoPulse, a fairly new technology that automatically performs CPR with a band strapped across the patient's chest. The device kept Jordan alive by shocking his heart three more times.

Littleton paramedics have had the device for for a little more than a year. "We're one of the first agencies in the Denver metro area to have this," said Lt. John Schefcik.

When Jordan arrived at the hospital, the prognosis was grim.

"In my 13 years of doing this, I've never seen someone this sick walk out of the hospital," said Littleton Adventist ER physician Rob Vanderleest.

But the hospital had just trained a team to use a new body-cooling technology, called Arctic Sun treatment, used to lower body temperature to about 91 degrees, which is known to significantly lessen chances of complications from cardiac arrest.

"It was pretty new to all of us," Vanderleest said. "I used it for the first time on someone just two days before Jordan."

The process is called therapeutic hypothermia. For 24 hours, the patient is encased in a machine — like a bodysuit filled with cold water. The chilling slows the metabolism, giving the heart time to recover while protecting brain function.

"My biggest worry wasn't whether he'd swim again, but what his brain function would be," said Teresa Myhre.

It took another 12 hours to slowly bring his body temperature back to normal. Jordan came out neurologically intact.

Story fuels lifesaving work

Word traveled through the tight-knit swimming community, reaching Howard Lunger, whose son Daniel — a swimmer who'd known Jordan — died three years ago in Westminster, at age 16, of an undiagnosed heart condition.

"When I heard that it had happened to another swimmer, it was amazing to me," Lunger said. "Especially that he got saved."

The Lunger family started the Daniel J. Lunger Memorial Fund to place AEDs in local schools and rec centers. Although the AED that saved Jordan wasn't one of those, his story fuels the Lunger family's desire to continue their work.

As for Jordan, his biggest challenge right now is taking it easy. He takes walks around the neighborhood but thinks the strolls are "boring."

"I want to just start running," he said. "That's going to be the hardest part of getting back — learning to hold back. I always try to push it."
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Re: Jordan Myhre article in The Denver Post

Post by Mark » August 1st, 2009, 6:17 pm

Very interesting Bob, and thank you for the link. It is amazing these little boxes that can give us some frustration at times turn out to be great little life savers for those of us with heart arrhythmia's.

I guess that's what Sonny and Cher meant when she sang, "And the beat goes on....." :lol:

Again, thanks for that link Bob! :)


Re: Jordan Myhre article in The Denver Post

Post by Allen59 » August 1st, 2009, 10:54 pm

Mark, that's a great song for us ICDers. AND THE BEAT GOES ON.


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Re: Jordan Myhre article in The Denver Post

Post by LBeaudreau » July 15th, 2010, 2:47 pm

I don't have internet regularly anymore so I haven't been here in a while but this is my brother! He is doing wonderfully now, back at school in pre med and getting back into sports, although swimming is out. He has been shocked 3 times since his implant and everytime I can tell you how thankful we are that he has such a life saving device.

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Post by Elizabeth Martineau » July 16th, 2010, 8:11 am

We are so lucky to live in this day and age and have these remedies at our disposal.
I had an uncle who was 16 when he died back in the fifties. He returned home from football practice, didn't want to eat dinner but laid down on the couch and was dead
from a cardiac arrest when they went to wake him up.

This was a great article, and thanks for posting.

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Re: Jordan Myhre article in The Denver Post

Post by TruckerRon » July 17th, 2010, 12:05 am

My brother was 17 (on the swim and tennis teams) when he collapsed while changing the sheets on his bed. That was back in 1973. Last year when I collapsed things were different enough to save me, the right people and equipment were there.
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