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BMC's Medical Team Save 4 Year Old Brendan's Life

BMC's Medical Team Save 4 Year Old Brendan's Life

It was late December 2001, Brendan was 4 years old and his parents were home watching him as he appeared to be sick with a stomach bug. All of a sudden, his right arm began to jerk and he could no longer speak or walk. His parents immediately called 911 and EMTs arrived at the house within two minutes. They quickly brought Brendan into the ambulance. On the way to the hospital, Brendan began to have a seizure. When they arrived at their local hospital, he was having trouble regaining consciousness again and nothing the doctors or paramedics tried was working. They quickly made the decision to call Boston MedFlight.

"Fourteen years ago, Boston Medical Center saved my son's life," says Bob Henrique, father of Brendan living in Dighton, MA. 

MedFlight arrived and took Brendan and his mother to Boston Medical Center, where doctors were waiting. Bob drove to BMC with the thought racing through his head that he may lose his son. At the hospital a nurse quickly brought him up to the room and he saw his son lying on the bed with many wires and tubes connected to his body. The nurse explained that they were trying to help him regain consciousness. While Bob was there, the doctor removed Brendan's breathing tube and he woke up. He looked up at his father and said, "Hi dad."

Brendan was kept at BMC for the next 48 hours while doctors and nurses ran tests to see what had happened. They were looking for any signs of what could have caused the seizure, such as a brain injury or encephalitis. After many tests, the doctors diagnosed Brendan with having a grand mal seizure, the most common type of seizure that involves loss of consciousness, violent muscle contractions, and muscle rigidity. These seizures result from abnormal electrical activity in the brain and affect the whole body. On Christmas Eve, Brendan was cleared to be released. Each nurse that had cared for him brought him a Christmas present.

Today, 14 years later, Brendan is doing well. He is student body president at his high school. He is a senior, at the top of his class, and hopes to attend Harvard in the fall. He has been seizure free for six years.

"You never think about how wonderful a team is until they are called on to save your baby. I am so grateful that he was flown to Boston Medical Center," says Robert. "Everyone we encountered over the few days were wonderful and we owe them so much for the role they played in keeping my son alive."

Bob still receives his care here at BMC while remembering that traumatic night years ago when the team at BMC took great care of his son.