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A Thank You Letter to EMTs

A Thank You Letter to EMTs
May 18, 2016 No comments

I’ve never been a fan of visiting the doctor and unfortunately took my health care for granted. If someone told me that I would one day be passionate about health and work for a medical instruments company, I would have called them a liar. However, as any medical professional would attest; life doesn’t go as planned.

Life took me from New York to California about 2,590 miles from home (but who’s counting). It’s been a great experience, but I’ve missed out on a lot of important moments. The death of my grandparents, the birth of my nephew, and my Dad’s open heart surgery are a few of these missed moments.

This past April I experienced another missed moment. I was at my father in-law’s house for a barbeque. The backyard smelled like charred chicken and we were hanging out, drinking a few too many beers. I received a call from my dad and picked up. My mother had become unconscious and could not wake up.

My father quickly explained that they were at charity dinner when my mom suddenly fell off her chair, unable to breathe. Several minutes passed and nobody knew what was wrong.

Off-duty doctors and other medical professionals offered help, but the EMTs ultimately were the ones that saved the day. They quickly determined that my mother had been choking on her steak and due to the lack of air passed out. The EMT’s worked carefully to remove the obstruction from my mother’s throat and when the Heimlich maneuver failed, they used suction. The steak was finally removed, but my mom remained unconscious and was not breathing. She remained unconscious after being settled into intensive care.

My mom is alive today all thanks to the courageous EMTs. Despite waking up with damaged vision, my mother is alive and well and after almost six months she is steadily regaining vision.

A month after my mother’s incident, my parents ran into the EMT that helped saved her life at a local art fair. He was surprised and relieved to see her alive. I wonder what if the EMT hadn’t run into my parents at the art fair? Would he have realized that he not only saved a mother and wife, but a whole family? Does he know that his actions were felt 2,590 miles away? I wonder how many EMTs never know or never get thanked. If you made it all the way to the end of my story I want to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart, a heart that now appreciates. Thank you for responding, thank you for your dedication to service, and thank you for saving my family.

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