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Marion Witcher: First Time in the Air
In May of 1986, Marion Witcher checked into a small hospital in the region. She was pregnant—only 21 weeks along—but her feet had been excessively swelling, and her blood pressure was on the rise. At the hospital, physicians suspected kidney problems when they found high levels of protein in her urine. Doctors decided that even though the baby was only six-and-a-half months along, it should be delivered immediately. The place with the most expertise in high risk deliveries—MVH—was the only choice in the physicians' minds for Marion and her baby.
At 21 years old and nervous, Marion's first time visiting Dayton and her first time in the air would be in a flying Intensive Care Unit. CareFlight was called to make the transport.
Marion remembers the nurses being very calm as they put in the IVs and connected her to the monitors. They assured her that everything would be all right and that she was being whisked to the best care possible. Marion was amazed at the short time before CareFlight landed onto the roof of MVH. She was immediately taken to surgery, where her daughter, Ashley, was delivered by C-Section. Since she was premature by more than two months, Ashley spent five weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ashley was later diagnosed with autism and epilepsy.
Marion is thankful to CareFlight for taking steps that saved both her life and her daughter's life. Marion said, "I view the CareFlight team as uniformed angels that God had sent to me."
At age 17, Ashley is doing well and recently got her first job. Marion is now a volunteer for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio and founded the "New Hope for Special Needs" ministry. The Witchers were named "Family of the Year" by the Epilepsy Foundation for their dedication to sharing their story with other parents of children with special challenges.
Rachel Ransbottom: Through Piles of Snow
It was two days before Christmas in 2004. A record snowfall had hit Monroe, Ohio. As Aaron Ransbottom shoveled his driveway, his daughter Rachel, dressed for the snow, was impatient for him to take her sledding. He explained that he needed a few more minutes, and Rachel sat on her sled. Her weight on the sled caused it to bolt down the icy driveway. Because of the steep piles of snow on the sides of the driveway Rachel was invisible to an SUV driving down the street until it was too late.
The roads to the hospital were impassible. But within minutes, CareFlight landed and took Rachel to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This took a fraction of the time it would have by ambulance, even if the roads had been clear.
In flight, the nurses started an IV and worked to keep Rachel's airway open, since it appeared she had lung damage. Since pediatric patients are more prone to internal injuries, Rachel was monitored for signs of shock, hypoxia, and hypertension, as well as other possible internal injuries. Rachel got agitated during the flight. This was even more closely monitored, since this can be a sign of un-assessed internal injuries or possibly losing consciousness.
Rachel's lungs had been crushed, and arriving at the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest. She spent a lot of time in the hospital recovering and was still undergoing rehabilitation two years later. Thanks to the care she received in the early stages of her injuries, Rachel is recovering—she is slowly regaining motor skill and is a good student in school.