Infirmary Throws Release Party for ECMO Patient


CHI St. Vincent’s first successful ECMO treatment patient, Joe Lee Crawford, was thrown a release party when he was discharged Wednesday, February 1 after a 58-day hospital stay.

Under the care of Dr. Thurston Bauer, Joe received the life-saving ECMO treatment after battling congenital heart disease. The party was a huge success with many members of Joe’s treatment team along with cake, balloons and gifts. Joe and his wife are also expecting their second son! Congratulations, Joe!

KARK 4 News joined the party and will feature Joe’s story during their evening newscast Feb. 1.