CAREFLITE TEAM HOLDS EMOTIONAL
WITH ALEXA EASON ON 1/12/08…
Rhett Draehn -, Flight Paramedic, Nanci Nagel – Flight Nurse, and Larry Mynar visit
with Alexa Eason at CareFlight’s Frisco Air Base (at the Frisco Fire Station on
Cotton Gin Road
) on Saturday, January 12, 2007.
DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― "Oh, I prayed for you ... thank you so much for coming to
see us, you mean a lot." There were plenty of hugs from little Alexa Eason
to members of the CareFlite team who helped save her life five months ago. "I thought
this child was going to die or if she didn't die, I didn’t think it would be a good
outcome," admitted Nancy Nagel, a nurse paramedic who was on staff that day. “To know this
kid is going to make a difference in this world. It's a gift. It's a gift from her
parents and a gift from this little child." Alexa doesn't remember falling off her
bicycle and onto the piece of rebar. On Saturday, the team showed her the actual
helicopter that flew her to
Baylor University Medical Center
, where she was listed in critical condition for more than a week.
As Alexa continues her recovery, the medical crew knows she is special. "It is a
miracle," said flight paramedic Rhett Draehn, who also tended to the girl moments
after her injury. "You know, when we picked her up, we thought, 'it's not going
to be good.' "
Peggy Eason say her daughter's recovery is slow and more
surgeries are inevitable. The mother knows the reason the girl is alive today is
because of the dedicated work of these CareFlite members. "You know, that they miss
birthday parties to be there for your child. How can you thank someone for that?
They saved her life." One of those surgeries is scheduled for February when doctors
will reconstruct Alexa's skull. Her mother hopes Alexa will be able to attend school
this year -- even if it's only for a few hours. "She apparently is one strong kid
and definitely overcame the odds," Nagel adds.
Alexa’s father Fred Eason with
other CareFlite crew members.
Flight Paramedic Rhett Draehn
being interviewed by Channel 11.
Alexa with Medical Crew Members
Rhett Draehn, Flight Paramedic and Nanci Natel, Flight Nurse.
Our thanks to Channel 11, KVTV
for covering the reunion. It was shown Saturday night 1/12/08 on all of the station’s
news casts. The video is incredible. Here is the link: