Nicole Cord-Cruz
February 08, 2018 11:18 am

The scenes that lead to Jack Pearson’s death on This Is Us continue to play over and over in our heads. Jack heroically saves everyone from the house fire. He goes back inside to rescue Louie the dog and salvage a bunch of family heirlooms. He inhales a ton of smoke and accrues second-degree burns on his hands. But even after all of that, we were led to believe that he was going to be okay…UNTIL HE WASN’T. Just when we thought Jack had a good chance of surviving, he goes into cardiac arrest and abruptly dies; he had a “widowmaker’s heart attack” due to the damage the smoke had put on his lungs.

Yes, we’re crying again just thinking about this. But like, you are too, right???

Look, we’re not claiming to be Dr. Meredith Grey here, but some appear to believe that there was some sort of medical oversight, and that Jack could’ve been SAVED — and they might just have a point. Real-life nurses and other medical professionals weighed in on the circumstances surrounding Jack’s death, and they are infuriated over how easily the TV doctors and nurses could have prevented it from happening. And like, please say it ain’t so. It would hurt TOO much.

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What’s more, the IRL nurses also believe that the medical staff on the show let Jack go too soon.

If only adult Sophie had been there, this wouldn’t have happened, amirite?

According to one of them, if the ultimate cause of Jack’s death on This Is Us really was the widowmaker’s heart attack, then it means that he already had a prior plaque build up in his coronary arteries. Translation: He would have died eventually, and the smoke inhalation just happened to speed the process.

Dr. Richard Katz, director of the George Washington University Heart and Vascular Institute, echoed when speaking with Time.

"A widowmaker heart attack occurs when that artery suddenly goes from 80% or 90% narrowed to 100% narrowed. It happens very quickly, and suddenly you’re depriving a large chunk of that heart muscle from oxygen," he explained. "Sometimes this is transient and people wake back up. But when the blockage occurs in the LAD, sadly this is when we see sudden cardiac death much more often."

At the end of the day, This Is Us is just a TV show, but that doesn’t mean Jack’s death didn’t hurt any less. ESPECIALLY if it could’ve been avoided, even if for the time being.

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