My mom had open heart surgery on May 18, 2009. She continues to experience breathing difficulties and is on a ventilator. She has a feeding tube and her stomach is terribly distended. On Monday she will get a GJ feeding tube to hopefully assist with removing the air from her abdomen. She is housed at a rehabilitation facility and I would like to someday get her to her home with inhome care. Does anyone know of success stories where elderly folks have come home needing full time ventilator assist?