Last March, while "messin' around" with his friends, then 15-year-old Jared Garbett suddenly stumbled and fell, hitting the back of his skull and losing consciousness. Though Jared was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional, his brain rapidly swelled from the injuries. He required extensive trauma and neurological care to relieve the cranial pressure and to preclude other complications like a blood clot or stroke.
Dixie's Life Flight helicopter was the fastest means to deliver him to his only chance for survival. Though massive brain damage and complete paralysis were possibilities, the lifesaving capabilities of Life Flight helicopter gave Jared a second chance at life. Though he remained in a coma for 10 days—and slipped in and out of consciousness for another five— he finally regained consciousness and some stability, and underwent months of intensive therapy. The Garbett's say that in their moment of crisis Life Flight was their lifeline. Because of such care, right here at home – they have their son.
This year we will be appealing to you to help us fund…
key initiatives include elevating our trauma services from our current level three to a level two emergency response. These advancements in emergency services will be critical as we bring neurosurgery to Dixie Regional Medical Center and allow us to begin treating head trauma and stroke patients that have previously been flown to larger metropolitan medical centers. As always – the time saved treating locally will mean lives saved.
Thank you again ~ from the bottom of our hearts ~ for your support and generosity.
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