EMS team, trauma doctor greet 10-year-old patient
Besides meeting some of her blood donors, Uvalde shooting survivor Mayah Zamora and her parents also were reunited with some of her first responders at the fifth anniversary of the Heroes in Arms whole-blood program recently.
The event and subsequent meetings were sponsored by South Texas Blood & Tissue, which collects specially screened type O-positive blood for use by the region’s first responders and trauma centers.
Among those who were reunited with Mayah were the nurse and medic who treated her on a helicopter flight from Uvalde Memorial Hospital to University Hospital.
Using its helipad – the first of its kind for a blood center in the United States – South Texas Blood & Tissue provided 10 units of O-negative blood and 15 units of the emergency-use type O-positive blood to the air medical helicopters deployed to the scene that day, said Adrienne Mendoza, Chief Operating Officer, South Texas Blood & Tissue.
Mayah received transfusions of both during her initial treatment, units delivered to Uvalde Memorial and to the helicopter team from South Texas Blood & Tissue.
“Mayah, you made us work,” Wayne Winans, with Air Evac Lifeteam/Methodist Air Care, said. “It was a busy, busy 30 minutes. It’s so incredible to see you here today.”
Dr. Ronald M. Stewart, a surgeon at University Health’s Level I trauma center and Chair of the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio, was one her physicians at University Hospital. He said treating the 10-year-old, who spent 66 days at University Hospital following the shooting at Robb Elementary, was priceless.
“Literally, it’s professionally what we live to do,” he said. “It’s worth more than I can describe.”
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