Chase Tribe is a 29-year-old male who was involved in a life changing motor vehicle collision. When medics arrived on scene, they found Chase unresponsive and close to death. Because of the severity of his injuries Chase was not able to maintain his own airway. The medics tried a field intubation in order to ventilate his organs, however due to his injuries this was impossible. The decision was then made to perform a cricothyrotomy. This procedure requires much skill and is not performed commonly in the field. Chase was then brought to Intermountain Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with many injuries. His most significant injuries included a skull fracture, multiple facial fractures, subdural hematoma, and contusions of the brain. Chase spent months in the hospital, had many surgeries, and at times was close to death.
“It is a miracle that Chase is alive,” said Chase’s mother. “Everybody that cared for him did everything right to save him.”
Brad Morris, a Trauma APC at Intermountain Medical Center, presented this case review to the medics who saved Chase’s life. Brad gave them an in depth discussion and education about Chase’s hospital treatment.
Chase and his family were contacted about the case review and were invited to attend. They were excited for the opportunity to express their gratitude. Chase’s mom tearfully conveyed her appreciation to the medics by saying, “You didn’t have to do what you did. You saved his life.”
We as a trauma service are honored to work and collaborate with all the disciplines involved in caring for our trauma patients. And as for Chase, he is on the road to recovery with is family by his side.
Chase’s dad pointed out that Chase has a sense of humor about his accident and can be heard trying to negotiate deals with his parents — while simultaneously leveraging his traumatic brain injury (TBI). For example, he recently said, “Dad will you get me a puppy? Please, I have a TBI.”