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Ascension Via Christi Manhattan Emergency Department provides comforting care for college student far from home

Finding medical care that feels safe and reliable can be scary and challenging, especially for college students living hours away from home. Fortunately, Noah Ochsner, a K-State student, was able to receive efficient and comforting care from staff at Ascension Via Christi Manhattan’s Emergency Department.
 
“I was having flu-like symptoms but my flu tests were negative, then I had pain in my left arm and I knew there was an immediate issue,” says Noah, who was driven by a fraternity brother to the emergency department.
 
Upon arrival to the hospital, Noah was given immediate and compassionate care from start to finish. Noah’s EKG was irregular so staff conducted tests and did bloodwork to determine the source of the problem. “As soon as I came into the hospital, they were trying to find solutions quickly,” says Noah. 
 
Staff found that Noah’s heart was suffering from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. According to the Myocarditis Foundation, this disease accounts for 5 to 20% of all cases of sudden death in young adults. 
 
“This was kind of horrifying to deal with by myself,” says Noah, whose parents were three and a half hours away. 
 
Noah appreciated how the staff were able to keep in contact with his parents throughout Noah’s three-day stay in at the hospital. “The staff and the cardiologist were so friendly, they continued to answer all my questions and my parents’ while they were on the phone.”  
 
Noah says: “I was thoroughly impressed how quickly things ran in the ER. They didn’t brush me off, they were responsive and made sure they were doing everything they could to put me at ease.” 

About Taylor Valdez

Curly hair with straight priorities. Dedicated student, workaholic and adventurer. When I'm not writing or working, I'm shopping, chowing down on local bites or binging Netflix.