After what initially seemed like a normal day at work, Vernon began feeling chest pains and was soon admitted into the ER at Wilcox. Within minutes, Vernon’s condition was assessed and plans were being made for the immediate transportation to Straub for cardiac catheterization.
Before Vernon could be transported, though, he took a turn for the worse – he coded twice and was not responding to the clot-busting medicine. Despite the challenge of air and land transport, the collaboration that occurred prior to his arrival at Straub helped save valuable time. Vernon was able to receive the immediate medical intervention that he needed, and was released after only four and a half days at Straub.
With the excellent and expedient care he received from both the Wilcox and Straub staff, Vernon survived against all odds. Today he continues to receive care from the doctors of Hawaii Pacific Health.