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Sharon Presbyterian Church
New technique fixes Bend pastor's aortic rupture - Bend Memorial Clinic
On Aug. 31, Dan Dillard, pastor of the Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bend, was riding home on his motorcycle on Bear Creek Road when an oncoming car turned without seeing him.
The Ford Mustang broadsided Dillard's Harley Davidson, which was traveling about 45 mph at the time. Dillard was thrown off the bike, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries. Seeing the extent of the injuries, bystanders and local residents knelt beside Dillard and prayed. Dillard, 60, was taken to St. Charles Bend with slim odds of survival. His case may be one of the more complex cases ever treated at the hospital. And while he must still make significant progress to survive, his care has been a model of cooperation and coordination among multiple surgeons and specialists, with hundreds of nurses, technicians and support staff, and the use of a cutting-edge medical procedure never before performed in Central Oregon. Still, Dillard had more pressing issues that needed to be addressed first. But as they were ready to take Dillard in for the procedure, a 45-year-old woman arrived at the hospital with a heart attack requiring a cardiac catheterization to clear the blockage. Those couldn't be blocked off in the same way, so they took Dillard into surgery to determine what could be done with his open wounds. He had an open fracture, meaning the bone was exposed through the skin, a complication that is fatal in 50 percent of cases. They stopped much of the bleeding but couldn't continue with the operation much longer for fear of complications. They packed the wound tight with gauze and sponges, hoping to create enough pressure to halt the rest of the bleeding. Within 24 hours, they took Dillard into surgery again, unpacked the gauze and found a new complication. When the pelvis shattered, the pelvic ring broke in two places and a sharp bone spur had shifted position and punctured his bladder. But the TEVAR procedure requires giving the patient blood thinners, and doctors first had to get Dillard to stop bleeding. Dillard will have to be monitored regularly both over the short term and the long term to make sure the graft remains sealed to the wall and isn't allowing blood to leak between the graft and the aortic wall. Higgins said an open procedure would have been difficult for Dillard to survive. Dillard had developed a staph infection as well as a vancomycin-resistant enterococci infection, or VRE. Dillard continues to do well, he said, because he was fit and healthy before his accident. "That's the aspect about trauma care that becomes both rewarding and challenging, getting everybody coordinate to have him or her do their part in helping somebody that is critically injured like Mr. Dillard."
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The victims of a Thursday night accident in northeast Bend have been identified as Douglas McDonald, 23, and Daniel Dillard, 61, both of Bend.
Dillard was taken to St. Charles with critical injuries where he remains today.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Rev. Daniel Dillard
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prepare the Way presents a free-admission Veritas Worldview Luncheon with speaker Rev. Daniel Dillard, pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bend, New Hope Church, 20080 Pinebrook Blvd, Bend.
Dillard served as a special assistant to D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Ministries.
Accountability In Ministry · RC Sproul Jr
Daniel J. Dillard, M.Div., Pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church [OPC], Bend, OR.