Ike Manaster was miserable with a sinus infection

April 03, 2014

But he knew relief was on the way when a visit to the doctor led to an Augmentin prescription to battle the infection. What he didn’t know is that the first dose of medicine would nearly kill him. “I took the first pill and within 15 minutes I started getting a lot of pressure in my forehead,” said Ike. “I started to get red and my eyes were stinging and then my breath started to get short.”

His breathing worsened, so much so he told his wife who immediately dialed 911. Something inside told Ike the ambulance wouldn’t get to him in time, so a ride down the street to Providence Tarzana’s Emergency Department was his best option. Ike jumped out of the car and ran into the ED where the nurses instantly knew he was in severe distress.

“I was in the doctor’s room doing some dictation, when I heard the nurses say a patient was turning blue,” said Chris Major, MD. “I dropped the phone and ran to the room where I saw a healthy looking young guy barely breathing. All he was able to say was Augmentin, and we immediately diagnosed a severe allergic reaction.”

Dr. Major and the nurses went into action injecting epinephrine into Ike. The first injections weren’t enough and they were losing him. “He was getting worse in front of my eyes and his only words were ‘please help me’.” Major wouldn’t give up and let his medical school training, years of experience and a recent lecture about allergic reactions dictated his actions, giving Ike the highest amount of Epinephrine allowed. “I remember hearing him tell the nurses to just keep giving it,” says Ike. “He just kept pushing it and I’m awfully glad he did because I knew I only had a few minutes of life left, and his instincts are why I am here today. Dr. Major is a top notch ER doctor.”

Ike went home the next day, and two days later he had to return to the ED with his daughter where he received a very warm welcome from the staff who was thrilled to see he was alive, well and back in action.