South Florida Hospital News
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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2


Survivor of Horse Accident Meets and Thanks Lifesaving Trauma Hawk Flight Team

Morgan Temple’s life changed in an instant on January 5, 2019. That is when the horse groomer says one of the horses she was handling in Wellington became excited and kicked her in the face, leaving her with life-threatening injuries. Temple was transported by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Trauma Hawk air ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Trauma Center in West Palm Beach for emergency surgery.

Temple, a 21-year-old resident of Ontario, Canada, recently got the chance to meet and express her appreciation to the Trauma Hawk flight team that rescued her for the first time since her freak accident.
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County owns, operates and maintains two FAA-certified helicopters that have a cruising speed of up to 178 miles per hour. Safe, rapid air transport is critical in the “Golden Hour," the 60-minute window when the human body can compensate for injury. After that, the chances for recovery diminish significantly. The Health Care District’s Trauma Hawk pilot, along with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue medical personnel - Firefighter-Paramedic and Flight Nurse - comprise the aircraft’s flight team. Together they save lives by ensuring that critically ill and injured patients quickly receive the specialized care they need.
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