WVU Medicine saves life of 15-year-old boy in West Virginia
Posted on 12/07/2021
MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – Debbie Turner, a Rowlesburg resident, will never forget the moment she received the call that no parent or grandparent ever wants. The date was August 15, 2021, and the news was devastating: Debbie’s 15-year-old grandson Brayton Turner had been in a terrible quad biking accident.
After being thrown from his ATV while riding with friends near the Newburg Dam, Brayton was in serious condition. Neighbors who witnessed the crash called 911. Within minutes, Brayton was airlifted to WVU Medicine JW Ruby Memorial Hospital for emergency care.
âIf it weren’t for the rescue team and the doctors, nurses, surgeons, specialists, ANCs and the entire care team at WVU Medicine, my grandson might not be here today. hui, âsaid Debbie Turner.
Life threatening injuries
Upon arrival at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Brayton was treated by a team of dedicated nurses from the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and orthopedic surgeon David Tager, MD
Debbie Turner and her stepdaughter Crystal – Brayton’s mother – learned that Brayton crushed almost every vertebrae on her back. He also had a broken neck, a broken right arm, an aortic vein bruise in his heart, and a perforation in his lungs.
âIt was horrible,â says Debbie Turner. âDr. Tager told us that if the damage to Brayton’s back and neck had spread a bit more, the accident might have killed him or caused paralysis.
Specialized trauma care
When he arrived at the hospital, Brayton’s healthcare team feared he might lose his right arm, as his fractured humerus was pressing on critical veins and nerves – shutting off both sensation and blood flow to him. arm. Rushed into surgery, Dr Tager and a vascular surgeon worked to repair and save his arm.
The next day, Dr Tager performed a second surgery to repair Brayton’s back, installing rods and plates to support and repair his crushed vertebrae.
Upon discharge from surgery, Brayton was placed on a ventilator for a short time due to damage to his lungs. Doctors also fitted her with a brace to treat her neck injury.
While in hospital, Brayton received 24-hour care from a dedicated team of WVU Medicine trauma nurses, attending physicians, and her 20-year-old sister, Brooke Davis, who works at the hospital and is a student at the WVU School of Nursing.
âWhen she wasn’t in school, she was with him,â says Debbie Turner. “We are very grateful that the nurses and doctors let her be in the room with him.”
On the mend
Since the end of August, Brayton has been recovering at home. He is in physical therapy two to three times a week and has routine follow-up visits with Dr. Tager, who is overseeing his recovery.
Brayton is currently attending distance school, but hopes to attend in person later this year. He still doesn’t have full sensation in his right fingers, but his doctors believe it might return in time.
Looking back over the past few months, Debbie Turner thinks Brayton’s recovery is nothing short of miraculous.
âHe’s a lucky boy,â she said. âI thank God every day that he is alive. It’s a miracle. I congratulate the doctors and nurses of WVU Medicine in the highest skies. I consider them to be angels. If it hadn’t been for their quick response and care, I wouldn’t have my grandson yet.
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