Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mother Credits Son's Life to Sheikh Zayed Institute Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologist Zena Quezado helped revive Kellen Googin after he went into cardiac arrest and watches his progress carefully.The Googins took their 13-month-old son Kellen to Children's National Medical Center for a relatively minor procedure. But it became more complicated when he went into cardiac arrest after receiving anesthesia.

Today, Kellen is nearly 3 years old and is doing well. His parents attribute his health -- and the promise of a healthy future -- to anesthesiologist Dr. Zena Quezado, principal investigator of the Pain Medicine Initiative at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. A medical team performed CPR for 19 minutes and shocked him seven times, until his heart rhythm returned to normal.

Kellen's mother Michelle says, "I truly believe that he's here today because of Zena....I feel like it was her mission to make sure that he lived. You'll never be able to convince me otherwise." Read Kellen's dramatic story from The Washington Post.

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