Thanks to first responders and health care professionals

I have never had a stitch in all of my 63 years and was very nervous.

Recently I slipped while playing with my grandson and landed on concrete pavers. Blood was everywhere and I couldn’t see the damage to my eye.

We called 911 and within five minutes the fire department was there and a few minutes later the ambulance arrived and transported me to Surrey Memorial Hospital.

I was triaged within minutes and sent to acute care. A little while later, a surgeon took me into a room, cleaned my eye area and informed me I needed about eight stitches for my eye and X-rays for my knees.

I have never had a stitch in all of my 63 years and was very nervous. A nurse came in to prep me, clean the massive amounts of blood in my hair and use a special road rash scrub brush to remove the debris from my knees . All the while I am trying not to cry, she was so gentle. My eye got stitched, X-rays taken and then my knees were bandaged up.

I am absolutely amazed at all the care and attention I received and the professionalism of the fire fighters, paramedics, staff, nurses, technicians and the surgeon who gave me four needles and tried to comfort me as he was administering the freezing.

I am so glad I live in Surrey and thank you to everyone who helped along the way, especially the fire fighters who helped calm my seven-year-old grandson, who only could see blood everywhere and was so worried about his grandmom.

Thank you again Surrey!

 

Laurie Larsen

Surrey Now Leader

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