Dear Candy and Family,
Mike was a great oral surgery resident at O.S.U. where I had the pleasure of teaching him anesthesia and pharmacology. He was always so careful to do the right thing and not make a mistake. He was a perfectionist.
When Mike was a first year resident,a young boy was admitted to the hospital late in the afternoon with a large arterial aneurysm in his jaw that was scheduled to be tied off the following morning in the operating room. Mike was on-call that night and was so worried that this weakened artery might dissect further and start a massive bleed that he started a large IV in the child's arm, much to the displeasure of the nurses who thought he was being overly cautious and had caused undue pain.
Sure enough, in the middle of the night, his aneurysm exploded. Mike was right there and applied pressure with his strong finger over the artery and the child was rushed to the operating room. The head oral surgeon prepped the child's facial area and mouth including Mike's finger which was still in the mouth, and in the end, the surgery was successful. The fact that the big IV was already in place allowed rapid infusion of fluids to replace the massive blood loss. The patient did well because of Mike's compulsive personality. He kept the child alive until the great skill of the head oral surgeon could complete the operation. Mike really cared about his patients as if they were family. He will be missed.
Dr. Joel Weaver
O.S.U. Emeritus Professor