Ron Clayton Heart Recovery Part 1&2
Many families in Dallas & Argyle may have received the news of Ron and Joseph Clayton. Joseph is one of my son Reed’s, best friends. If you have not heard the story, please read about the Miracle.
Joseph, having just taken a CPR course, never thought he would use the life-saving technique, much less on his own father. Ron, Joseph, and Matthew Clayton along with Bailey Beveridge were on their last run between rental houses as they finished up their move back to Dallas.
They had just returned the Penske truck 5 minutes before, when Matthew heard a loud snoring next to him in the backseat and dismissed it as one of his father’s usual pranks. It didn’t take him long to realize, this was no joke. The teens moved swiftly, checking his pulse, calling 911, pulling Ron from the car as Joseph began compressions. The three teenager’s immediate actions allowed Ron to make it to the hospital. Ron had no pulse, and was in Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
For nine excruciating days, the family was unsure if Ron would make it. Breathing via ventilator, the doctors kept him under sedation. The family remained uncertain of the outcome. During Sedation Vacation ,that was done once a day taking Ron slightley off of the sedation medicine to check if he would "respond on command " there was a glimpse of Ron…a squeeze of Kristi’s hand at the sound of her voice. Joseph continues to take no credit for saving his father’s life, but the doctors emphatically state the heart attack was so massive that had Joseph not performed CPR, he would not have survived. This type of SCA (known as the Widowmaker) only has a 2% Survival Rate. The fact that his ribs were broken was more evidence that Joseph had “done it right”. Ron underwent surgery with a stint, hypothermia treatment, surgery of an impella, and many medications.
As can be imagined, there is concern of the expense of hospital bills and expense for a family of six. There has been a toll taken on this family with Ron's sudden cardiac arrest, and the on going medical treatment. Several of you have asked how you could help. Please consider donating as the family has not only incurred Medical Stress, but Financial as well.
The Family appreciates all the continued prayers and the wonderful donations, no matter how big or how small.
I will continue to update the website with
Ron’s condition as he progresses. This website will continue until complete recovery.
UPDATE: There have been several updates since this site was started. Please look under the first update at the top and press on the box that says "SHOW MORE"
and this will show you each update along with photos.
Since this campaign started after Ron's Cardiac Arrest on May 31st, he also just went through a quadruple bypasss surgery on September 3rd. This surgery was a shock to us so we continue on our journey and pray for a full recovery.
See the link below, as we continue to work with the AHA to encourage the knowlwedge of all knowing CPR, as it can save a life !
And we are praying that this third hospital visit was a Charm!
Sorry to just be updating, but these past 6 months have been non-stop and very stressful on all of us. Ron had chest pains and shortness of breath at Cardiac rehab a couple of weeks ago. His doctor did an angiogram on November 18 in the hospital. She found blockage in his RCA and had to insert a stent. He is home and we were so grateful this year to have the BEST Thanksgiving we ever had, because Ron is still with us. Ron is now back at Cardiac Rehab and is hoping to graduate possibly at the end of January. And we are so looking forward to 2016, as we will be glad this year is over. I am asking for continued prayers as all this has been extremely hard on my family, especially my children as any parent can just imagine. We continue to pray for less stress, and things that are beyond our control. We hold on to our Faith and we know that God will continue to hold our hand.
Ron gave her a big hug and thanked her for all she has done. We will continue to see her every 3 months also with an echo each time. She will continue to monitor his medication. Ron will also have to start Cardiac Rehab all over again, which is at least a 3 month program. He is somewhat frustrated as he has lost about 7 months of time from his life. He feels so behind in everything. But I keep reminding him how all that doesn't matter. We Thank God every single day for leaving Ron here with us. I cannot imagine our life any other way. No matter what else of the aftermath my kids and I have to continue to go through , the main thing is that Ron is alive. God has gotten us this far, and He will continue to hold our hand.
hey ronnie, jeff told me about your heart attack, so sorry, but your son did an amazing job! i'm praying for you to recover completely. i'm still on rose garden living in the house across the street from my moms house. good luck to you. denny