KANSAS CITY, MB (Good Medical) – A teenage girl who became the first patient at a Kansas City hospital to walk while being resuscitated spent more than a year pushing the boundaries of her recovery from unexplained lung failure, and she is finally ready to go home.

Zei Uwadia left Thursday Children's Mercy Hospital to recover at her home in Wichita, Kansas, at Kansas City Star reported.

Uwadia, who turned 17 on Friday, inspired thousands of people who watched her videos on YouTube. walk in the hallways of the hospital during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), an invasive form of life support. The big machine would pump blood from his heart, eliminate carbon dioxide, add oxygen, then inject blood, a process that allowed him to rest his lungs.

The doctors still do not know what caused Uwadia's lungs to fail, but she no longer belongs to the ECMO. The machine allowed Uwadia to stay alive for six months, double the time that a patient from Children's Mercy had in front of her.

Uwadia now uses oxygen tanks and a tracheostomy, a tube in the neck that helps to breathe.

Her doctors were reluctant to allow her to go home. Usually, patients should only rely on 30% of the respiratory work before leaving the hospital. Uwadia still depends on 40%.

But Uwadia insisted on his release and the medical staff developed an exit plan that required him to return to hospital every three weeks for ambulatory care.

"I'm excited to have more freedom," Uwadia said. "I will not be confined to this room or the wards. I can go out I will feel more normal. Not quite normal, but more.

Her family is grateful for the care provided by hospital staff, but she is willing to go home.

"They saved his life, and I have the impression that there is currently no medicine that could supplant the goodness of the house for his spirit," said Uwadia's mother Brie Kerschen.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com