CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF
Editors note: The gunshot wound survivor is being referred to by his first name only at the request of his family.
HORSESHOE BAY — Community and healthcare leaders on May 23 recognized emergency personnel from Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for their effort to save the life of a 3-year-old boy who has now successfully recovered from an accidental gunshot wound.
During the presentation at Quail Point Lodge, officials on behalf of EMS for Children State Partnership honored Horseshoe Bay Firefighters Captain Jeff Isom, Horseshoe Bay Fire Department firefighters Josh Nail and Kyle Schmidt; and Marble Falls Area EMS paramedics Pam Gower and Michelle Tennison for their work on the emergency call on Sept. 19, 2013.
They responded to a 911 call and found 3-year-old Gavin, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Due to weather, helicopter transport was unavailable. The group stabilized and comforted the child on the trip, which lasted more than an hour, from Horseshoe Bay to Austin.
“What makes this case so amazing is that the first responders had minimal time to prepare physically and mentally to care for this patient, but were able to deliver incredible care while facing a very difficult and lengthy transport,” said Diana Kraus, trauma service line director at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. “This is a perfect example of how a trauma system is supposed to work, from first responders, to the ambulance crew to … the trauma center.”
The state award, which received the nomination from the trauma staff at Dell Children’s Medical Center, was presented in conjunction with the Health Resource and Services Administration, Child Health Bureau’s Emergency Medical Services, Baylor College of Medicine and other affiliated colleges of medicine.
About 200 people, including Gavin and his foster family, attended the event.
“It’s a relief. When it’s a child it effects everyone way more,” Nail said.
Isom added, “We’re happy to be able to assist. There is a good outcome. It was a total team.”