On February 24th 2014 Korran "Corky" Smart went into surgery for a valve replacement in his heart. What was supposed to be a fairly simple surgery, turned into a complete nightmare for corky and his family. Corky came out of open heart surgery after replacing a valve, fixing a newly discovered hole in his heart, and a double bypass fairly well. He went home 5 days later. After struggling to catch his breath, even on oxygen, he was re-admitted and transported an hour away from his home.
It was discovered that his heart was in AFib rhythm and fluid was collecting around his left lung. He now had a trapped lung.
On March 18th 2014 Corky was walking with the physical therapist when he said he wasnt feeling well. They returned to his room where he went into Cardiac Arrest. For 26 minutes the doctors and nurses fought to get Corky back. He spent the next 6 days in ICU and came out fighting with a newly installed pace maker.
Corky was still struggling to catch his breath, they now discovered there was fluid around both lungs. The Doctors determined he would need surgery to release his trapped lung and drain the fluid.
On March 27th 2014 Corky went in for yet another surgery. As they put the Ventilator in place Corky went into Cardiac Arrest again. For 10 minutes they fought to get Corky back. They stabilized him and completed the surgery, draining 5 liters of fluid from his lungs. However, things wouldnt progress as well this time.
Corky was in coma on life support for 4 days before opening his eyes. He wasn't able to follow commands, talk or breath on his own. Corky sustained a serious brain injury (Encephalopathy) during his last cardiac arrest.
On April 8th Corky was transported to an Ltach Hospital (Long Term Critical Care Rehabilitations Hopital) 2 hours further from his home. He is able to speak now but is very confused and cannot remember most of his life or the people in it. It will be a very long recovery process for Corky and his family.
Corky is a Navy Veteran, beat hodgkins disease, hunts bears, and lions, camps and hikes all over the mountains, and once had a semi truck tire-jack fly off and hit him in the head (yes it was as bad as that sounds), to say he CAN endure is an understatement. What amazes me is how much grace and humility he exudes AS he endures.
Corky is a fighter and he will continue to fight, he has been through a lot and we thank God for leaving him here with us.
Please help us in this effort to raise funds for Corky and his beautiful wife who is by his side every day, so they can focus on helping him get better. Lets give them some peace in knowing that financially they will be okay.
Thank you in advance for your much needed help!