There’s a special connection between Sean Case and Logan County Lt. Marcus Williams after what happened on an evening in July.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not concerned of how he is,” said Lt. Williams.
He was not yet on duty, but overheard the tone for an ambulance saying a man at a home about a mile from his location was in cardiac arrest.
Lt. Williams responded and found Case on the floor in bad shape.
His body camera bounced as he did CPR.
“Really didn’t have time to figure out what was going on,” Lt. Williams said. “I just knew that he was lifeless and I had to do something.”
“You can see my soul hanging above my body,” said Case. “I was dead.”
More help arrived and Case started to breathe again, but still his chance of survival was slim.
He ended up in the ICU at Baptist Integris Medical Center, where doctors used a life-saving machine that temporarily took over his heart and lungs’ duties, allowing him to heal.
Dr. Aly El Banayosy brought this Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program to Oklahoma. And his team can take their mobile unit to help at other facilities.
“That’s something unique you might find few places nationwide who are capable and have the skillset to go outside for ECMO treatment,” he explained.
Sean will still go for checkups, but he's out of the hospital and doing so much better, thanks to his family, first responders, and everyone who cared for him at Integris.
“They were absolutely amazing through this whole thing,” said his wife Angel Case.
“I think my dad put it best,” Sean Case said. “He said I was touched by the hand of God.”