ONLY ON:Woman's life is saved thanks to a first-time use of new technology

ONLY ON: Woman’s life is saved thanks to a first-time use of new technology


GOSHEN, Ind.- A Goshen Hospital patient calls it a medical miracle. A 70-year-old woman, suffering from a massive heart attack, is able to tell her story thanks to new technology offered at the hospital.

Without it, the doctor performing the procedure says she wouldn’t have survived.

“It went for three hours and I couldn’t make it go away myself.,” says Jacklyn Pressler, the patient.

Pressler is an administrative assistant at Lippert Components. She felt something strange the morning of January 19, 2018.

“It was real hard pounding they said it was going about 171 to 185 beats per minute,” she says.

Her heart was beating so hard, she said her shirt was moving. That’s when her husband, Ronald, took her to the hospital.

“I tried to talk him into going home, because I had a hole in my nylon,” says Jacklyn, laughing. “It’s a good thing otherwise we wouldn’t have made it.”

Jacklyn was having a massive heart attack. “It was noted that she had a blockage in all major blood vessels,” says one of her doctors, Abdul Basit.

“I was having a heart attack in the front and back of my heart at the same time,” says Jacklyn.

“I had tears in my eyes,” says her husband. “I didn’t think she was going to make it.”

Dr. Basit has been working at Goshen Hospital for four years. He tells ABC57 it was his first time using the world's smallest heart pump on a patient other than previous training.

“We would not be able to do bypass surgery because most people cannot make it to the OR.”

Dr. Basit says this $40,000 device and has its own risks, “…injury or damage to the blood vessel with the placement of this device.”

A risk Jacklyn was willing to take. “I’m so happy that they tried it and it worked,” she says.

“This is a revolutionary device it brings a lot to our cardiology work,” says Dr. Basit.

Dr. Basit adds this device and procedure will allow them to take care of high risk patients, which they were not able to do otherwise.

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