On November 15, BCMH EMS team members were among other health care workers recognized at Research Medical Center’s Thankful Families Celebration.
EMS staff members Russell Whisenand, Dru Jordan, Anna Keene, and Chase Anderson were honored for taking the call for Noah Weaver who was in a rollover car accident while traveling through Bates County on May 27 that left him with traumatic brain injury.
The 26-year-old doesn’t remember his rescue team breaking his windshield to extract him from his mangled car, or being intubated and stabilized in the ambulance while waiting for LifeFlight Eagle to arrive for transport to a Level 1 trauma center (Research Medical Center).
Noah’s injuries left him unable to walk and talk for a time, but his recovery has been remarkable. Noah is a poet and prior to his accident was performing in KC venues. Noah thanked his rescue and health care team in a moving speech and presented certificates and medals of recognition to each of them.
For EMS team members, who seldom learn of their patients’ outcomes, this type of event is truly encouraging, especially in the case of good outcomes for young people like Noah.