Georgia Motorcyclist Says ‘Stop the Bleed’ Instructor Saved His Life After Crash
MACON, GA. – August 28, 2018 (41nbc.com) A Georgia motorcyclist is crediting a “Stop the Bleed” instructor with saving his life after he was involved in a major accident in April 2018. The story is reported online at 41nbc.com.*
During a Navicent Health trauma training session, motorcyclist Rick Cooper shared the story of his accident and the woman who saved him, Stop the Bleed Instructor Kristal Smith. Cooper said he lost control of his motorcycle and flipped off of the roadway, resulting in major injuries that included a broken hip and rib and a partially severed foot. Accident doctors told him it was a miracle he had survived.
Cooper said if Smith had not been nearby and taken action, he likely would have died. “I lost a piece of me on the side of the road that day, but I gained something more important,” Cooper said. “I gained faith and trust in people and humanity that there [are] people out there that will help you when you need it the most. She saved my life, and the good doctors here, they saved my leg.”
Cooper still suffers from nerve injury, but he is walking again, despite doctors anticipating it would take more than a year for him to be able to walk.
A website for “Stop the Bleed” says the purpose of the campaign is to “build a national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made natural disasters.” The campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff.
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