“[They took her off] the ECMO machine now because his lungs are able to exchange gases again. Her lungs have healed to the point where she can put oxygen back into her own blood, ”Binette said.
Doctors told Binette that Krystal’s lungs are healing and progressing, but they don’t know how long it will take to heal completely. She is still in an induced coma.
“COVID has ravaged her lungs pretty badly, and so they say just because she’s out of ECMO doesn’t mean she’s out of the woods again. She could be on a ventilator for a good month and a half.
A similar sentiment was expressed towards the couple’s newborn baby, Skyler, born while Krystal was on life support. She was the first COVID-19 patient in Canada to give birth while on ECMO life support.
Skyler has struggled to gain weight as she is currently sitting below her birth weight of just over three pounds. The nurses say she is fine and the weight problem is normal for premature babies.
“It’s difficult to gain weight for the first few weeks, especially with breast milk from donors, because they have to pasteurize it. And when you pasteurize breast milk from a donor, you lose some of the fat inside the milk that helps with weight gain. “
The situation looks a little better this week, but Binette says it wasn’t the case just a few days ago. Krystal has suffered internal bleeding twice in the past week, which appears to be the result of the emergency Cesarean that took place on October 24.
“She was operated on Saturday because a week ago she had a lot of internal bleeding. They must have come in, and she had an arterial hemorrhage in her leg a week and a half ago. They had to come in, and they had to stem the bleeding with what is called a coil. And the very next day, they found bleeding in his abdomen.
Doctors at New Westminister Hospital reportedly pumped Krystal with almost a liter of blood every 12 hours due to the amount she was losing internally. Following the theme of this whole situation, Binette says he felt helpless again.
“I was calling all the time saying, I want the doctor to look at her. I want scans.
“It’s as if it was at the start of his first arrival for COVID that his life was in danger again. They couldn’t do anything. The risks were too high. And I just felt like I had to be there.
The bleeding stopped after four days, and then, last Saturday, doctors went to remove all the blood that had collected in her stomach.
Amidst the stress his wife was going through, Binette is getting ready to see Krystal and her newborn baby for the first time this week.
The Prophet River First Nation, of which Krystal is a member, pays for Binette to drive to see his wife. The group had to pay for a plane ticket, but the old anti-vaccine only has one dose of the vaccine and travelers need to be fully immunized.
Halfway River First Nation is also helping Binette and her children drive to see their mother and sister in December. Binette says Krystal is a registered member of Prophet River, but spent much of her childhood in Halfway River.
As for all the organizations and residents who have helped him and his family, Binette says thank you.
“It’s pretty amazing to see a community coming together to try and help when people are unlucky. And that’s exactly the kind of community you want to live in. It just makes you proud to be a resident of Fort St. John.
Anyone looking to help Les Binettes can send monetary donations via a GoFundMe set up by Krystal’s cousin.