His condition deteriorated so quickly that he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU). Doctors immediately intubated him and placed him on a ventilator to open up his airway, administer oxygen, and help him breathe.
Despite the fast decline of his lung function and delicate condition, Ron was able to turn the corner, and his condition slowly improved. He transitioned to the ICU Stepdown Unit where he observed his 55th birthday. The nurses who were caring for him could see how celebrating without his family was affecting him. “It was sad to think that no one would be visiting him after 30-plus days being away from family and friends, however, the mood quickly changed,” stated Kate Welling, RN, UC Health clinical coordinator. “Ron’s wife called the unit in the morning and asked if it would be OK to have Ron walk to his hospital room window for a surprise. At 12:10 p.m. that day, nurses gathered in the empty adjacent room to look for the surprise. What we saw was overwhelming.”