The wife of a North Carolina pastor who was pronounced brain dead by doctors says he miraculously showed signs of neurological activity minutes before his organs were due to be donated.
Yan Marlow, 37, had been suffering from listeria for two weeks at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center when doctors pronounced him “clinically deceased” on Aug. 27, wife Megan Marlow said in a livestream on Facebook.
The condition of the father of three worsened after brain swelling and suffered “neurological death,” doctors told her.
She was told Mr Marlow, an organ donor, would remain on life support while lung, heart and liver recipients could be located.
When the family gathered to say goodbye to Mr. Marlow on August 30, his wife said she could hardly bring herself to come to the hospital in Winston-Salem.
“My heart couldn’t take it,” she said on Facebook.
Upon arrival, she was told by a niece that he had moved his feet while being shown videos of his children.
She says a doctor then told her a CT scan showed signs of brain activity.
“Due to his rare circumstances, they convened a panel of experts and determined that they had made a mistake and that in fact my husband did not die,” she said.
“The (organ harvesting) team was literally there waiting to get him … and I said to the nurse, ‘stop everything right now,'” she said.
Ms Marlow was told he still sustained a traumatic brainstem injury and is in critical condition in a deep coma.
“Long story short… he’s not brain dead, my friends. He’s not brain dead.
“God kept him here. He’s supposed to be dead, he’s supposed to be at the funeral home right now, according to these doctors.”
Since the CT scan, Mr. Marlow has shown signs of an increased heart rate and convulsions, but his condition remains precarious, she said.
Ms Marlow said Duke University Hospital agreed to admit her husband and she has spoken to the medical director about transferring her husband there.
But in an update on Facebook on Thursday, Ms Marlow said the decision to move him had been delayed.
The Facebook live stream updates have attracted thousands of comments of support and prayer.
Mr. Marlow runs his own business as a piano technician and has been the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro since 2015.
Listeria is usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenesaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC estimates that about 1,600 people in the United States contract Listeria each year, and about 260 die from it.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/pastor-declared-brain-dead-by-doctors-shows-signs-of-life-minutes-before-organs-to-be-donated-41958610.html Pastor, who was pronounced brain dead by doctors, shows signs of life minutes before organs are due to be donated