Long Island, New York native Brian McCall would have never imagined a vacation at an amusement park in Pennsylvania would change his life. In 2005, while on a roller coaster with his wife and daughter, Brian experienced whiplash and a stroke. Although he recovered well from each, the muscles controlling Brian’s esophagus had been paralyzed which left him without the ability to swallow on his own. But, as he puts it, “I was heavy and out of shape, and this incident woke me up. I just needed to learn how to live with a feeding tube.”
When Brian was in the hospital recovering from his accident, he was given a long, dangly feeding tube with a leaky port. After a month in the hospital, he was finally well enough to go home, but he still had a tube sticking out of his stomach, which was uncomfortable and inconvenient. This motivated Brian to research feeding tubes, and in 2010, after five years of cutting the tube down smaller and smaller, he finally found the solution – the MIC-KEY* Gastrostomy Feeding Tube. Recalls Brian, “I said, ‘Wow, this is exactly what I need!'” Brian was surprised his doctor had never heard of the MIC-KEY* G Tube. After his doctor placed Brian’s MIC-KEY* G Feeding Tube, Brian knew he had made the right choice.
“The MIC-KEY* was huge in terms of improving the quality of my life,” says Brian. “It is low-profile, easy to insert, and doesn’t get caught in my clothing. The feeding tube has become a matter of course.”
Now at age 55, Brian still works for the swimming supply company where he has been a loyal employee for 26 years. More than 100 pounds lighter, he reduced his blood pressure and lives a healthier lifestyle. He also enjoys spending time with his grandson.
“I like the low profile nature of the MIC-KEY*,” said Brian. “Other stroke patients have many more obstacles. I am unimpaired and have my faculties; I say I had a ‘stroke of luck.'”