Lakeview Health System

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Patient reunited with life-saving care team for one-year anniversary of 911 call

It was a special moment on Friday, Feb. 22 when Lakeview emergency caregivers got to shake hands with Lynn Henderson. It’s a moment that – according to the textbooks – should not have been possible.

The Lakeview Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Department care teams last saw Henderson one year ago, on Feb. 16, 2018. That was the day that Cindy Burke, Henderson’s wife, called 911 after becoming concerned about a sudden deterioration in her husband’s health. The couple later learned Henderson had suffered a severe ruptured brain aneurysm. After stabilizing him at home, the Lakeview EMS team drove the unconscious Henderson to the Emergency Department at Lakeview Hospital.

There, the Emergency Medicine team took over and gave further life-saving care before transporting Henderson for the definitive neurosurgery required for brain aneurysm rupture.

After three months of intensive care, rehabilitation and transitional care, Henderson was finally able to return home.

Some of the Lakeview team who cared for Henderson were able to gather today to meet him and celebrate his recovery, just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the 911 call. Henderson shook hands with paramedics, nurses and other care team members at Lakeview Hospital.

The reunion was sparked by a message that Henderson and Burke posted to Lakeview Hospital’s Facebook page to express their thanks. “All I can say is ‘Thank you’,” wrote Burke. “Lynn is recovering at home where he would not be if not for you.”

Those involved with Lynn’s care say it’s almost miraculous he survived such a severe rupture – and the textbooks say he shouldn’t be alive.

“Mr. Henderson is very lucky,” said Bjorn Peterson, MD, the medical director of Lakeview Hospital’s Emergency Department and assistant medical director of the Regions Hospital Emergency Medical Service. “There is a spectrum of severity with ruptured aneurysms and – looking at Mr. Henderson’s medical record and scans – he should not be alive. Emergency medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Boklewski did an excellent job treating him at Lakeview. The treatment for his condition is mostly surgical and Dr. Boklewski did several things to help reduce brain swelling. She used a combination of medications, sedatives, and raising the head of the bed which, in combination, can buy some extra time to get the patient to the definitive surgical treatment.”

Dr. Boklewski, out of town, was able to talk via Facetime with the patient she’d last seen unconscious.

She said, “Mr. Henderson’s recovery is remarkable, because it was a life-threatening emergency. It was great news to hear of his recovery. I was especially thrilled because we don’t always get to hear what happens to people after they’ve left our care in the Emergency Department.”