Patients return to Ross Heart Hospital for celebration

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Kenneth Henning had a massive heart attack and not only lived to tell but also considers himself proof of what’s possible.

The 65 years old, who lives in Dayton, was at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Ross Heart Hospital for 37 days.

Henning celebrated the milestone of recovery and release in a new program at the Ross Heart Hospital called, Victory Lap. An ICU nurse manager there had the idea to share success stories with patients and to allow the medical team to see the fruits of their labor.

In May, Henning thought he had a bad case of indigestion but it was a heart attack.

There was a stop an urgent care in Dayton that escalated to being taken by ambulance to a hospital there where and quadruple bypass surgery. Henning said there were complications.

"The hospital I was at commented that they did everything they could for me: my heart was shocked 49 times and it enlarged my heart,” he said.

The team at the hospital in Dayton said Henning needed what’s called ECMO, called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. It’s a portable heart-lung machine that allows the heart and lungs to rest.

Henning was flown by medical helicopter to Columbus and the Wexner Medical Center.

The prognosis was grim. Registered Nurse Stacey Daughenbaugh admitted Henning that day and said that seeing him take the victory lap was motivational.

“You have a big sense of pride...you're just so happy for him and his family," she said.

Henning says the fourth four lap to a standing ovation by doctors, nurses, and other medical experts at the Ross Heart Hospital allows the team here to see him in differently: no longer immobile for 37 days but walking in victory.