KENNEBEC JOURNAL •
Medical Journal 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Advisory Committee. Dr. Larry Hoppersted, who performed the emergency surgery, told Bozeman afterwards that he had lost as much as two-thirds of his blood and, had the hemorrhaging continued even as little as another 15 or 20 minutes longer, he might not have survived. After a four-day stay in the hospital’s intensive care unit — with Taylor
sleeping in a chair by his bedside — Bozeman was discharged; his blood levels were sufficiently restored. It took months to totally recover from the pain, soreness and fatigue, but by the following season, despite his mother’s concerns, Bozeman was back on the ice. Without a spleen, he now receives a flu vaccination every year, along with other vaccinations to compensate for his compromised immune system. Other than a long zipper-like scar stretching from his sternum to his navel, Bozeman shows no physical signs of his ordeal more than seven years ago.
But his experience, his awareness of what might have been and his gratitude for the outcome, will stay with Bozeman forever. “I was not taking foolish chances, like being a drunk driver,” he said “I was an ordinary 17-year-old kid play-
ing ice hockey on Christmas vacation. But an hour later, I was minutes away from becoming a tragic statistic. Before that fateful evening, my family and I hadn’t even known it existed; but now, we are forever indebted to LifeFlight.”
Third Annual LifeFlight of Maine GOLF SCRAMBLE 9 a.m. Sat. July 16 at Natanis Golf Course, Vassalboro. Friendly competition, terrific prizes, delicious food — a day of fun for a great cause. LifeFlight air ambulance service relies on private donations, grants and community events such as this to provide care to critically- ill and injured people. To register, become a sponsor or a volunteer, visit www.lifeflightmaine.org or call 207-230-7092.
Age spread of LifeFlight patients transported in one year.
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Published on Jul 31, 2012