Disease that requires ECMO therapy often befalls one suddenly and unexpectedly. It shatters patients’ world and turns their life upside down – as well as lives of their families. ECMO is the last string on which these patients’ lives depend.
For doctors and nurses, ECMO patients are our biggest victories. But unfortunately, they can often also be our biggest failures, when treatment is not successful. We try to stand by our patients as they face the most difficult struggle of their lives and all of them touch our lives immensely as well.
We are delighted when we can see patients, who have overcome their disease with the help of ECMO and have return to their lives and their loved ones.
My name is Nuša Bernik and I fell ill with sepsis when I was 25. I was treated at the Clinical Department of Intensive Internal Medicine and had quite a few complications during treatment. Altogether I spent 64 days at the department; 37 days in a coma. This was followed by a month of rehabilitation at the University Rehabilitation Institute Soča. I am not even sure what happened during that time, but I do know that ECMO machine is one of the main reasons why I survived. I don’t really know much about it, but I heard that it was essential for my survival, besides all of you.
Today, 8 years later, all that still reminds me of this difficult period are a few centimetres of scars and all of you who saved me and fought together with my family so that I can be here today. Thank you with all my ♥!
8 years have passed since a sudden insidious bacterium, Streptococcus, infection resulted in sepsis and clouded our Nuša’s life.
This was a truly difficult period, but we managed to go through it with the help of the doctors and other medical staff at the Clinical Department of Intensive Internal Medicine. There were days when my wife and I had no more strength, but you all continued to constantly give us hope. June and the beginning of July were the worst. All of you devoted doctors were fighting for her life, which was hanging by a thread. You managed to save her with the help of ECMO machine.
On July 16, she woke up after 37 days in a coma and since then she celebrates two birthdays every year :). Thank you again to the whole team, we will be forever grateful to you.
I don’t know how to begin. A month in a coma, during which I gave birth to my daughter, whose name is Viktorija. Doctors at the Clinical Department of Intensive Internal Medicine chose her name.I have no memories, apart from my husband saying that we have another daughter. When they woke me up from the coma, my feelings were mixed; I had forgotten that I was pregnant. But the staff at the department are my angels in white coats who saved my life and Viktorija’s, and I will never forget them.
On August 27, 2018 I suffered a severe heart attack. Due to quick medical assistance and excellent professional care, the outcome was successful. After long-term treatment at the Clinical Department of Intensive Internal Medicine, my recovery continued at the Division of Neurology, where my two-year-old grandson Jan recognised me and gave me the optimism to undergo further treatment at the Nursing Unit and the Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Laško. I was able to regain my balance there and, with much practice, also started to walk again. I returned home and continued to exercise and walk, as well as began cycling and driving car again. I hope for the best and thank all of you again for all the care and professional help.