Mathers family is thankful for care 16-year-old son received

Ben Mathers, center, with his parents Steve and Heidi
Nov. 27, 2013
"I will never forget the image of Ben in the ER at Southdale, the word from the doc that he had a cardiac problem, and their tenacity in keeping him alive,” says Heidi Mathers, mother of 16-year-old Ben, who was rushed to Fairview Southdale Hospital’s emergency department in full cardiac arrest.

During a game of disc golf, Ben collapsed as the result of a serious heart condition. The life-saving care Ben received not only preserved his life but also—amazingly—prevented life-altering complications like brain damage or permanent disabilities. Watch the video to learn about Ben’s dramatic story.


A leader in cardiovascular care
The success of Ben's treatment can be credited, in large part, to the fact that he was brought to Fairview Southdale Hospital, one of the top cardiovascular centers in the United States. The hospital treats more than 500 heart attack patients each year.

However, Fairview Southdale’s Emergency Department (ED) remains largely unchanged from its original construction in 1965. Initially designed to serve 30,000 patients each year, the ED now has 50 percent more patients a year than originally planned.

To continue to meet the community’s emergency health care needs, Fairview Southdale is undergoing a major expansion to create the Carl N. Platou Emergency Center, a flagship center designed to lead the nation in outcomes and redefine the role of emergency medicine. The expansion will provide a facility that can serve more patients, faster, while delivering world-class treatment.

Care providers ‘knew what they needed to do’
To help accomplish this, Fairview Foundation has embarked on its first-ever capital fundraising campaign. With strong commitment from community leaders and other sources, we can ensure that Fairview Southdale Hospital remains a leading-edge emergency center that continues to meet the challenges of the next half-century. Find out more about this exciting project.

Says Heidi Mathers: "I feel gratitude for all the people that were in the right place at the right time, who knew what they needed to do...and used the technologies that would preserve everything about Ben that we adore and cherish."

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