It was 9/13/2014. We were dispatched to a pedestrian struck by a car. Upon arrival, we found a 10 year old male patient that had been struck by a large SUV. The boy was playing ball with his brother and went out to the streets edge to retrieve the ball when the SUV came around the curve and struck the boy with the mirror.
The impact drew the boy under the vehicle and the slung him out from under. The boy had a depressing skull fracture approx 1 inch above the right eyebrow, bilateral tib/fib fractures, a right femur fracture, collar bone and jaw fracture as well as a hole bitten through his tongue.
While trying to treat his injuries, I remember the young boy screaming uncontrollably as I can imagine the pain he is in. We weren’t able to administer any drugs as we were a BLS unit with ALS unavailable. We were able to get a medevac to transport to a pediatric trauma center.
The one thing that haunts me is the boys screams. I hear them in my sleep, and I can still picture his blood all over my uniform and my face. Fortunately, after many hours of surgery, the boy survived, however, no matter how hard I try, I can not get the image of that boys face and blood out of my head. I can’t stop hearing his screams.
By talking to fellow EMTs and medics, I have found many ways to cope to the point where it doesn’t affect me nearly as bad, but I still haven’t been able to forget it. The key moral to my story is never be afraid to talk to anyone. Most times just talking about it can be the biggest help of all.
– Story written by Scott from KY, 5 years in EMS.