8:00pm – Monday, December 6 on Seven
This week on ICU, a young man has been admitted to the ICU with severe brain injuries and Damian battles with Swine Flu.
Tim, a 22-year-old floor tiler, has been admitted to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital ICU, after a devastating punch to the head left him with severe brain damage. He’s in a medically-induced coma and a piece of his skull has been removed to relieve the pressure in his brain. Even so, the swelling continues. The vein at the rear of Tim’s skull is under severe stress and doctors may have to remove a portion of his brain.
Damian was flown to The Alfred’s ICU in Melbourne from Launceston, Tasmania, when he became critically ill after a bout of Swine Flu. His lungs are now barely functioning and he’s rapidly going downhill. The ECMO heart/lung machine is his only chance of survival.
Samantha has had a double lung transplant after her own lungs failed as a result of a genetic condition called Cystic Fibrosis. The new lungs are vulnerable to infection and rejection, and the ICU staff fear they may fill with fluid. But Samantha is a fighter: she tells doctors all she wants it to make her lung donor proud.
ICU goes behind the scenes of The Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Melbourne, a state-of-the-art facility where heroes walk the corridors in scrubs and lives are saved on a daily basis.