A dying man from Nebraska made a miracle return back to life. He woke up after he was taken off life support.
When someone is admitted to the hospital and have been placed under the life support system things can be pretty scary for them and their families. In many cases, people don't make it through this stage especially if they gradually become unresponsive while under life support. Scott Marr, a man from Nebraska, was found unresponsive in his home on December 12, 2018. His family was left devastated when they found him in that situation and rushed him to the hospital. The scans taken suggested that Scott was a victim of what looked like a severe stroke along with a swelling in the brain. After the reports came out, the doctors were almost certain that Scott Marr wouldn't make it and let the family know that they should prepare themselves for his demise.
Scott was admitted at the Methodist Hospital. In an interview with KETV, Scott's daughter, Preston Marr said, "He was intubated, and he didn’t look like he was in any pain or anything, but he wasn’t responding to commands or reflexes." She further added, "The neurosurgeon said if there was anything he could do, he would do it, but that we needed to prepare ourselves for the reality of the situation." The doctors tried whatever they could to ensure that Scott would return back to health but nothing seemed to be working.
Incredible! A dad found barley alive by his son, wakes up when no one thought he would! https://t.co/Z5hkANVnW0— Bryanna Gallagher (@BGallagherTV) January 8, 2019
The family had already begun making arrangements for Scott to be cremated and started to plan for his funeral. According to Dr. Rebecca Runge, Scott Marr's "swelling was primarily in the back of the brain. We were worried in this case that this was not a reversible process and that it was going to proceed to brain death." Brain death is a situation in which the brain has been severely damaged and is usually irreversible. These damages lead to the end of the independent respiration and this is regarded as an indication of death.
In an interview with the World-Herald, Preston Marr said, "None of us wanted him lying in that hospital bed any longer than he had to." This unfortunate incident occurred one day after Scott Marr and his family celebrated his 61st birthday. His son was the one to find him lying in bed unresponsive. He was still breathing when his son found him but after moving to the intensive care unit his situation just got worse. On December 14, his family were told that Scott was no longer a candidate for organ donation because there was still some brain activity left. Seeing that things weren't getting any better, they decided to pull him off life support that night.
Preston and her siblings, Ryan, Drew, and Lauren sat around Scott to say their final goodbyes to their father on the 13th night. They had made an appointment to make arrangements for his funeral for the 14th but decided to go and visit him in the hospital one last time when Preston received a phone call from her aunt, informing her that Scott had started to respond again. Preston is a nurse by profession had assumed that the response her aunt was talking about was probably a reflex. The four children walked reached the hospital and walked into the room. Preston entered saying "Hi dad" and Scott responded with a smile. A miracle had occurred.
"I literally thought I was dreaming," Preston said. "It was the craziest moment ever." Preston held his hand asked him to squeeze her hand to check but he didn't. She then tried again, asking him to wiggle his toes and move his thumb and Scott did exactly as asked. Scott soon regained consciousness. The doctors later diagnosed him with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome or PRES. Apparently, the severe swelling that was initially seen in the scans is not a symptom of the syndrome and is the reason behind the doctors initially suspected a stroke.
Scott Marr only remembers waking up and seeing his entire family around him. He even said that he saw his father at one point, his father had passed away two years ago. Scott said, "I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday." He continued, "But I do believe in God. I believe with all my heart. And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true. That he loves me. That he’s right there for me. ... It was pretty much a miracle."
Scott is currently at home but still receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He has earned the name "miracle man" and during a therapy session on Thursday was seen working on his kitchen skills wearing a Bluejays hat with "miracle man" embroidered on the back. He is continuing therapy to work on improving his short term memory and his multi-tasking skills. Scott is now savoring every moment outside of the hospital, this includes eating a home-cooked meal, sitting in his living room and riding in his new truck.