Richard Delauro was enjoying retirement, and in his usual state of health, until he started complaining of chest pain during any strenuous activity. This prompted him to visit his cardiologist in late May of 2016. His cardiologist recommended a stress test initially which was abnormal and led to a cardiac catheterization, revealing multiple vessel disease. He was no stranger to surgery, but this would be open heart surgery with 4 vessel coronary artery bypass. He was taken immediately to the operating room at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 28, 2016. His hospital course was complicated by a sternal wound dehiscence. Unfortunately, the patient remained ventilator dependent and required a tracheostomy.
He was referred to Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey and their team who are specialized in weaning complex medical patients off the ventilator. The team was able to successfully wean Mr. Delauro off the ventilator and they were able to remove his tracheostomy device. He was then started on physical therapy and was, in turn, referred to his next challenge ─ acute rehabilitation at Shore Rehab to regain his quality of life. Another day and another success story at Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey.
Richard Delauro is now ─ Beyond the vent.