Miracles & Thanks

Thank You for a Miracle

On May 14 my wife (Nicky) was admitted into intensive care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with (what we later found out to be) acute respiratory failure. After 48 hours with no discernable improvement and now fighting for her life, the doctors reccomended that she be placed on a life support machine called ECMO and she was transferred on to the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care unit in London, into the care of the AICU team.

What a difference a day (or two) makes.

The ECMO treatment was immediatley effective and Nicky responded amazingly well. So much so that they removed the ECMO support after four days, to allow her to breathe for herself.

Nicky spent a further 10 days in hospital (most of this in the intensive care ward at the Brompton) before being transferred back to the Chelsea where she was eventually discharged on Friday 2 June, to begin her recovery.

Thank you NHS

There is no doubt in my mind that this team of incredibly caring and hard working NHS professionals saved her life and I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to the brave, kind and caring NHS consultants, doctors, nurses and staff at both hospitals for everything they have done for Nicky over the past few weeks – it has quite literally been a miracle and her family and friends will be forever grateful.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Matthew Steiner 


Access a short video on the ECMO process here.

To find out more about ECMO and the respiritaory team at the Royal Brompton Click on the button below