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Lifesaving Care Gives New Mom Another Chance at Life

Doctors at the Monterey Peninsula emergency department made a rare diagnosis that led to lifesaving care at UCSF Health.

When Kristen Musson started experiencing flu-like symptoms, she wasn’t concerned. After five days and two negative COVID-19 tests, her condition worsened.  

When Musson was rushed to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s emergency department, she couldn’t have imagined she’d experience a medically induced coma and the scariest two-and-a-half weeks of her life

At first, doctors were puzzled but soon made a rare diagnosis. She needed to be transported more than two hours away for lifesaving care at UCSF Health. It would not have been possible without an incredible device called an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.