Jim Halbeisen is lucky to be alive

Jim's family and doctor tell his remarkable story . . .

Last year the retired correctional officer Lompoc resident lost both legs and a hand due to sepsis, a life-threatening illness that causes organ failure. Jim literally went from feeling a bit under the weather to near-death in less than 24 hours. He visited an urgent care center for what he thought was a bad case of the flu, but his blood pressure was dangerously high so he was referred to the emergency room of his local hospital where doctors quickly determined that he was suffering from sepsis. They contacted Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and arranged for emergency transport. As soon as he arrived at Cottage, the critical care team implemented the sepsis treatment protocols that saved his life.


Following a period of intensive treatment and care at Cottage Hospital, and follow-up therapy and training at the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Jim returned home and began rebuilding his life. Now, Jim is back on his bike and as determined as ever to maintain his active outdoor lifestyle. His spirit and resilience have been an inspiration to those privileged to know him.