Lung machine saves man with life threatening infection


Garth Thorpe, age 29, was on his way home from a trip overseas when he began to feel pain in his upper right chest. Upon returning home, he immediately went to his local ER and was told his lungs were rapidly filling with fluid and he had only hours to live. The doctors transferred him to UMMC where he was immediately placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) to save his life. The external lung machine did the work of Garth's temporarily defunct lungs by oxygenating the blood that was circulating throughout his body. Garth was released from UMMC within a week and plans on returning to his adventure-filled life of mountain climbing and surfing.