GreenvilleOnline: An open letter to the Greenville community

by Tyler Gallagher

Dear Greenville communities,

For your extraordinary care, I will forever be grateful. After a devastating trauma that nearly took my life, I’m thankful to be alive this holiday season with my family and friends.

June 7 was a day that changed the way I view life. I was in Fountain Inn working on a statewide project to update storm water and sewer drains. But when I stepped onto the back of a 30,000-pound truck to guide a driver, the unexpected happened. I slipped off the back as the truck continued in reverse. The accident happened so fast, the weight pressed my mid-section and upper legs, crushing my pelvic region and causing massive internal bleeding. As first responders from Fountain Inn Fire Department and Greenville County EMS stabilized me for flight, a woman cradled my head and reassured me. A paramedic put sunglasses over my eyes because the sun was so bright.

Then, like an angel with wings, I heard the distinctive sound of helicopter blades coming to my distress. Greenville Health System’s MedTrans helicopter delivered a flight crew that knew how to respond to my dropping blood pressure. There was blood onboard and as soon as I was loaded, the crew started a transfusion. When I arrived at GHS, I found caring surgical trauma teams, nurses, physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Altogether, I needed four major operations and multiple procedures during a month-long recovery in Greenville.

Tyler Gallagher recently returned to Greenville to thank all those who saved his life. 

Tyler Gallagher recently returned to Greenville to thank all those who saved his life. 

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