We’re redefining death, to the point that somebody we thought for sure was dead two or three years ago, well, they’re not dead anymore - Jose Garcia MD


image by: Hisbullah Amin

HWN Suggests

My New Iron Lung

One night, in February, a group of intensive-care-unit doctors and I sat down with Marc Gopin to talk about his sister. For nearly a week, after a bad case of the flu, Reissa Leigh had been dependent on a respirator. Her lungs had been badly damaged, her oxygen level was dangerously low. Gopin steeled himself to hear us say that we had done everything: his sister was going to die.

Instead, we offered one more option: a bypass machine for a process called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation ECMO that would draw blood out of his sister’s body through a large catheter, add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, and then return the blood back to her.


read full article


 My New Iron Lung

The theory behind ECMO sounds relatively simple. The machine takes the place of the damaged lung until it gets better, or, in some cases, can be transplanted.

ECMO survivor

Pneumonia. Dehydration. Emergency C-section. ARDS. Full life support. Airlifted. Drug-induced coma. ECMO. Recovery. This is a place for me to write about what happened.


The goal of this site is to raise the awareness of ECLS in the Emergency Department. We want to show you how you can use percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass in your emergency department. So stop with the crappy one-handed CPR already! Come with us as we change the world of resuscitation!

Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

ELSO will be the premier organization providing education, training, research, and data management for the advancement of extracorporeal life support throughout the world.

Introducing Stitches!

Your Path to Meaningful Connections in the World of Health and Medicine
Connect, Collaborate, and Engage!

Coming Soon - Stitches, the innovative chat app from the creators of HWN. Join meaningful conversations on health and medical topics. Share text, images, and videos seamlessly. Connect directly within HWN's topic pages and articles.

Be the first to know when Stitches starts accepting users

Stay Connected