ICU Saves Life

ICU Saves Cheyenne Man’s Life

On August 25, 2017, Cheyenne resident Joseph (JoJo) Frausto had just started a new construction job. He was in a garage attic seeing what needed to be done when the unthinkable happened. The ceiling gave way, and JoJo fell more than 10 feet to the concrete floor below.

JoJo’s co-worker and brother-in-law, Jeremy Martinez, got to JoJo within moments. “His eyes were open, but he wasn’t talking and was unresponsive,” Jeremy said. Jeremy had some healthcare training so knew not to move JoJo: “I cushioned his head and called 911.”

The ambulance rushed 26-year-old JoJo to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where Emergency Department staff assessed, treated and diagnosed JoJo with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). JoJo was then quickly admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The prognosis was grim: “JoJo’s brain was swelling so they had to put him in a medically induced coma to keep him from moving or becoming agitated and to allow his brain a chance to rest and heal,” said JoJo’s mother, Michelle Frausto.

Despite JoJo’s critical condition, “we never gave up hope,” said JoJo’s dad, Michael Frausto.

That hope—along with specialized medical care, prayer and support from family and friends around the world—has resulted in JoJo’s recovery.

“The doctors, the nurses—everyone involved—say it’s a miracle for JoJo to be here,” Michelle said.

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