Stories: Vivek


Philanthropy saved Vivek’s life

By the time Vivek Gupta arrived at Swedish, we had just one shot at saving his life.

After a massive heart attack at a company retreat, the Boston-based software engineer was clinging to life, as one organ after another started to fail.

Vivek’s only chance was ECMO, a therapy that could support his heart and lungs while they healed. We were one of only two hospitals in Washington state that could offer it.

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More than two months after arriving in our ED, Vivek was finally well enough to return to Boston and his family. 

The philanthropic support of our community ensures leading-edge technology such as ECMO is available at Swedish.

Vivek would not be alive today without it.

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