Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
When Greg Rayburn, owner of Rayburn Electric Company in Rome, Ga, went to the hospital for a routine diagnostic procedure, he had no idea the health crises he was about to face. Thanks to the work of Harbin Clinic physicians, despite a heart attack and a severe brain bleed, he is about to celebrate a year of health and recovery.
In March 2015, Rayburn was undergoing surgery to have a heart catheter, a small tube that is used to diagnose cardiovascular conditions, placed by Harbin Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Charles Jackson. During surgery, Rayburn suffered a heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when the flow of the blood that carries oxygen becomes blocked, preventing the heart from getting the oxygen it needs. Dr. Jackson began emergency treatment and surgically placed a stent, a small mesh tube that props open a weakened or narrowing artery, to stop the heart attack.
Thanks to Dr. Jackson’s emergency intervention, the heart attack was stopped and Greg Rayburn was able to fully recover.
“Unexpected medical emergencies can be extremely dangerous,” said Dr. Jackson. “I’m glad to have been able to intervene quickly to ensure Greg was able to survive and fully recover.”
Approximately a month after his heart attack, Rayburn began experiencing a headache that wouldn’t go away. At the end of a long day, he told his wife he had been feeling unwell and was going to try to sleep off his weeklong headache. When his wife, Lynn, convinced him to get it checked out, neither could have imagined what the doctors at the emergency room found.
Once he had arrived at Redmond Regional Hospital, doctors discovered the cause of his headache was actually an acute subdural hematoma located in Rayburn’s brain.
An acute subdural hematoma (SDH) is a blood clot that forms between the brain and the brain’s tough outer covering, the dura mater. An acute SDH puts increased pressure on the brain, which can compress and damage delicate brain tissue.
“With the amount of damage they found, the doctors say I should have been dead from the brain bleed,” said Rayburn.
The mortality rate for an acute SDH can be as many as 80 percent and of the patients that survive, only 20 percent of them are able to regain full to partial brain function.
Harbin Clinic Neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Webb performed a right-sided hemicraniectomy, which is a procedure that involves removing half of a patient’s skull in order to remove the large blood clot that was causing increased pressure on his brain.
“Cases like Greg’s are why I became a neurosurgeon. We’re always glad to help save a life,” said Dr. Webb. “I want to be there to help any patient in their hour of extreme need.”
The hemicraniectomy was successful, and Rayburn was able to converse and interact with his nurses immediately afterwards.
Rayburn underwent rehab following the surgery, but thanks to Dr. Webb and his team’s fast response, he has been improving and progressing every day since.
“Dr. Webb treats us like family every time we see him,” Rayburn said. “He’s a doctor that truly cares about his patients.” Rayburn is about to celebrate a year of health since the procedure.
“I use Harbin Clinic doctors for every part of my medical care,” said Rayburn. “I can’t say enough about the whole Harbin experience.”
Harbin Clinic Cardiology specializes in the latest innovations in cardiac care to provide comprehensive heart health care to all patients. From pediatric cardiology, to vascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery, Harbin Clinic cardiologists specialize in all areas of cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment to take care of every member of your family.
Harbin Clinic Neurosurgery is composed of four highly experienced neurosurgeons that use state-of-the-art technology to perform the latest medical procedures. Harbin Clinic neurosurgeons are experts in all areas of back and neck surgery, including brain and spine tumors. A neurosurgeon is also on-call 24 hours a day in order to constantly provide high quality care to Harbin patients.