A 23-year-old Nebraska man suffering from toxic blood poisoning stunned doctors after undergoing a “miraculous” recovery in which his failing heart suddenly mended itself.
Doctors still don’t have any medical answers as to how Michael Crowe overcame a dangerous and untreatable viral infection that caused his heart to shut down. His family credits good medical work and prayer.
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, The Omaha World-Herald reported.
Crowe’s symptoms had started out like flu and quickly worsened, his family said.
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, their prayers came true but were quickly dashed when doctors said they had found a transplant heart, but thought Crowe was 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.
Crowe’s family agrees.
“It just truly is a medical miracle,” his mother, Margie Crowe, said. “Excellent medical care and, I think, the power of prayer.”