Success Story: Jason Cowan

June 20, 2020

 Jason Cowan is a 39-year-old who came to Summit View of Farragut from UT Medical Center on May 19, 2020. He is from La Follette, Tennessee and has a brother and a sister.  During the interview, he said that he used to do sheet rock work with his father.  His hobbies include drawing, fishing, and he likes football and basketball. 

 

Jason presented to UT Medical Center with an esophageal perforation.  He eventually required intubation and mechanical ventilation after developing a pneumothorax and empyema, ultimately requiring a chest tube.  He received a tracheostomy on 04/14/20. He then developed several setbacks with infections and pneumonia.

 

After weaning from the ventilator and having his chest tube removed, Jason was then transferred to Summit View of Farragut. 

 

Our Respiratory Therapy team worked with him to cap his trach, and he was ultimately decannulated on May 25, 2020. He also received intensive Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy while at Summit View of Farragut improving his overall dynamic balance, endurance, and independence with self-care tasks.

 

Upon admission, Jason was NPO (nothing through the mouth) receiving all nutrition via his feeding tube. Through daily, guided oral motor exercises to increase the strength of his pharyngeal musculature and following trials of various liquids and textures with our Speech Language Pathologist, Jason was eventually able to eat food again with a goal of having his feeding tube removed.

 

We are so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with and gotten to know Jason Cowan! We wish you the best of luck in your continued recovery! 

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