Karen Ijams still doesn’t remember the accident that gave her severe brain trauma as well as breaking her neck in multiple places. Perhaps that is a blessing.
No one else saw the accident on the rural road where Karen was riding her scooter, but a reconstruction indicates a speeding car took a tight turn too fast, causing Karen to swerve to avoid crashing into the oncoming car.
She lay broken on the side of the road until a passerby called for help. And, fortunately, the decision was made to take Karen straight to The MED.
When Karen arrived, her condition was precarious, though her life was quickly stabilized by the MED’s highly skilled trauma team. “My family feared I’d never have proper brain functioning again. The situation was dire,” she recounts. “That’s why my doctor stayed by my side for 36 hours, monitoring my condition and ready to intervene at a moment’s notice. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I’d been taken anyplace else. No other hospital could have given me the level of exceptional care I received at The MED. I owe my life to The MED.”
While Karen still suffered substantial memory loss from her accident, she has regained her life and was even able to return to work as a counselor.
“I know I’ll never be the same, but I am so grateful for all that I have,” she states. “After what I went through at The MED, I have a huge amount of respect for what they do. I once had preconceived notions about The MED from listening to other people, but now I know for myself just how wrong those folks were. If you’re in a traumatic accident, there is no other place you want to be.”
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