Doctors at an Omaha hospital are still struggling to ascertain how a 23-year old man's failing heart managed to mend itself as he overcome a toxic blood poisoning.
Doctors still don't have any medical answers as to how Crowe overcame a dangerous and untreatable viral infection that caused his heart to shut down.
AdvertisementBut his family credits good medical work and prayer, the New York Daily News reported.
Crowe, a second year student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy, was sent to an Omaha hospital in mid-August where he was diagnosed with acute myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, according to The Omaha World-Herald.
According to his family, Crowe's symptoms had started out like flu and quickly worsened.
As Crowe's heart shut down, his other organs also were starting to fail, the Herald reported. He was on a full heart and lung machine and needing daily blood transfusions.
His stricken family got Crowe on a heart transplant list, fearing it was the only way he might survive.
On Labor Day, this family lost their hope when doctors said they had found a transplant heart, but Crowe is too sick to receive it.
"Our joy of 'Yay, there's a heart!' went to devastation," sister Christy Crowe said.
But just hours later, one of Crowe's physicians, Dr. Eugenia Raichlin, noticed the young man's blood pressure increasing on its own.
What happened next was a rapid succession of improvements as his body began fighting off the blood infection.
Nobody can be sure how it happened, but doctors said his heart slowly began working again.
Earlier this month, his breathing tube came out and an MRI of his heart didn't find permanent damage or scars.
"We think this is miracle," Dr. Raichlin said.