On April 11, 2016, a young boy entered the Singing River Hospital Emergency Department in critical condition. His emergency physician, Dr. Michael Seymour, along with his team of nurses, which included Kim Gutherz and Teresa Phillips, recognized that this patient was in distress and acted expertly to ensure his survival. As the team lead, Dr. Seymour decided it would be in the boy’s best interest to be airlifted to the University of South Alabama’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. Ochsner’s flight team, John Strickland and Michael McDonald, arrived to transport the patient in under an hour. In a matter of minutes the young patient arrived safely and into the care of Dr. Omar Sanchez in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Three days later he was well enough to be removed from life support and in another three, he was out of the PICU and into his own room. He has now been home for more than a month and is on his way to a full recovery thanks to the teamwork of Singing River Health System, Ochsner Health System, and USA Medical Center.
“The Singing River Health System Emergency Department is the pinnacle of teamwork,” said Kim Henderson, Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services, Singing River Health System. “Having partners like USA and Ochsner makes it an all-star team. Saving this boy’s life is a testament to that fact.”
The patient and his family have received an outpouring of support from the local community. On Friday, June 10, 2016, he was given the honor to throw out the first pitch at the Biloxi Shuckers Southern League baseball game. The patient also made a special entrance by flight and was greeted before the pitch by the medical staff from all three entities who helped save his life.
Team Zander with members of Singing River Health System and Ochsner’s flight team