Heart-lung bypass a COVID-19 rescue tool in Minnesota

When severe COVID-19 leaves you on a heart-lung bypass machine for 81 days, and you make it out of the hospital alive, you tend to get noticed.

“That’s the longest we’ve had a survivor on veno-venous ECMO so far,” said Dr. Matthew Prekker, medical director of HCMC’s ECMO program, who treated Grubb. “He’s had the longest duration of support and fortunately is going to be a survivor.”