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Montgomery county EMS awarded Star of Life Award

Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In News | No Comments

Nashville, TN—In 2009, ambulance services in Tennessee responded to over one million 911 calls. The second annual EMS Star of Life Awards Dinner & Ceremony will honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on the medical “front line” in Tennessee. The ceremony will present actual patient scenarios and reunite the EMS caregivers with the individuals they treated from the eight EMS regions across the state.

One of many survivors attending the EMS Star of Life is three-year-old William Underwood from Memphis who was saved by the volunteer medical personnel at Bellevue Baptist Church after falling and crushing his trachea. He was then transferred to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center by Memphis Fire where he underwent immediate surgery.

The parents of five-year-old Zachery Seals thanked Morristown Hamblen EMS for being there when Zachery’s heart rate began to slow and eventually stop. The Critical Care Transport Team from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital came transferred him to their Pediatric Critical Care Unit.

Bradley County EMS responded to Shawn Hall’s accident where they revived his lifeless body after his left leg and part of his pelvis was amputated. Mr. Hall was airlifted by LifeForce One to Erlanger Medical Center. He has been in rehabilitation and will hopefully walk across the stage with his newly fitted prosthesis to accept his “Certificate of Life”

Montgomery County EMS and Vanderbilt LifeFlight revived two-year-old Mikaya Trice who suffered from a popcorn kernel that was blocking her ability to breath. She was transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in critical condition.

Putnam County EMS and Baxter Fire Department came to the home of Bill Stines where his stepson was performing CPR on him prior to transporting him to Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Two more survivors suffered massive heart attacks. Thirty nine year old Shane Ayers realized how fortunate he was to have EMS at his work site at Eastman Chemical Company when he experienced a complete cardiac arrest. Wayne County EMS recognized that Barry Busby required rapid transport to a special cardiac catherization lab, that research shows, was his best chance of survival. He was flown by Vanderbilt LifeFlight to Vanderbilt where they found that one of his heart vessels was 99% blocked.

The Star level sponsors for this year’s EMS Star of Life are Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Emergency Mobile Healthcare, LLC.

The mission of Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation, the host of the EMS Star of Life, is to ensure that every child in Tennessee receives the best pediatric emergency care in order to eliminate the effects of severe illness and injury.


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