PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is sadness surrounding the unusual death of 34-year-old John Yuhas.
Friends say he went by “Jey” and had worked at the Carhops Bar and Restaurant in the Strip District.
Ryan Slogan, who co-owns the business and was good friends with Yuhas, was one of the last people to see him alive. The two had finished up work early Sunday morning around 5 a.m. Slogan says Yuhas seemed fine physically and was in good spirits.
He was devastated when he found out that just a few hours later his friend was found dead in his car off of I-279 and Camp Horne Road.
“He had recently had surgery and at some point in time he had reopened the wound where he had the surgery and unfortunately he bled to death,” Tpr. Robin Mungo of the Pennsylvania State Police said.
Friends say Yuhas had problems with his kidneys and had to undergo dialysis three times a week through a fistula.
“The thing was attached to his arm,” Timothy Lynn said. “It was like an implanted thing.”
Doctor Samuel Simone, a vascular surgeon at St. Clair Hospital, says the fistula is a life-saving access device for dialysis patients.
He says it’s unusual for someone with the fistula to bleed to death, but it can happen.
“When a patient goes on dialysis they’re sticking needles into this fistula,” Simone said, “it’s under high pressure and that fistula has to be durable enough to stop the bleeding once you take the needles out and be accessed two-to-three times a week.”