On May 8, my wife experienced a horrific accident on the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail approximately 2 miles before the end in Damascus. She looked away for a moment and catapulted down a 12-foot embankment. As she lay twisted, bleeding and in pain, I wondered how I would get help. Fortunately, Bill and Allie Ware came along. While Allie stayed to help, Bill quickly rode to get help. Within 20 minutes at the most, the Damascus Fire and Rescue and EMS squads came down the trail, and after securing my wife in a collar and talking to her, preceded the arduous task of sliding her back up to the top and taking her to the ambulance parked nearby. No one ever left our side.

They took me back to my car, and I followed the ambulance to the Johnston Memorial Hospital, where the teams worked quickly to stabilize her, took CT scans and evaluated her. Unfortunately, we never wrote down the names of all the people who helped. Kenny Hay from Damascus Rescue came back to the hospital on his way home to check on my wife. He even sent her a get-well card, which we received on our return to Bluffton, South Carolina.

The quick-thinking ER doctor noticed my wife’s pain in her hands and realized that not all was well. He contacted a doctor at Bristol Medical Center, who told him to transfer her to the Trauma Center for an MRI; she had a spinal cord injury, which would subsequently need surgery.

After several days of excellent care from the doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, case worker and other personnel, we headed home. Even though my wife has a long recovery ahead, she is thankful for the quick response.

We wish to publicly thank all of the dedicated professionals and volunteers who on a daily basis render such aid and comfort. Thanks again to all involved.

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