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.