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I never knew how important it is to support the Elvis Presley Trauma Center until we almost lost our son, Edward, after his truck ran off the road.

Edward and his friend, John, were enjoying a day of fishing at our family’s farm in Arkansas. As the day ended, the boys packed their fishing gear into John’s truck and headed home. As they crossed the top of the levee, the truck’s wheels caught the side of the levee and rolled down the massive hill.

Edward was knocked unconscious. Luckily, John was conscious and able to get a signal on his cell phone. It was a miracle that the ambulance was able to find them because they were in the middle of nowhere.

As it turned out, Julie Wallace, one of the Emergency Medical Technicians on duty that night just happened to be familiar with the pond where they were fishing. She usually worked on the flight crew, but had been randomly assigned to fill in for a co-worker.

When they found the boys, they took them to a nearby hospital in Arkansas. They quickly realized the extent of Edward’s injuries and rushed him to the Elvis Presley Trauma Center at Regional One Health.

We never thought we’d need the Elvis Presley Trauma Center, but now we realize just how critical it is to have this level of care right here in the Mid-South. I now know it is the only level one trauma center within 150 miles, and the only hospital in the area with onsite trauma neurologists and traumatic brain injury specialists. It is a wonderful place and we’re all lucky it’s right here in our community.

I am overcome with deep gratitude by the realization that we might not have our son with us today without Regional One Health. Our family now supports Regional One Health Foundation so we can help make sure this type of care is available to all who need it.

I hope you will join us in supporting the life-saving work they do. Won’t you help? The next life they save may even be yours. 


Margaret Apple

P.S. Please consider making an online donation of $20, $50 or $100 that will help ensure trauma care is available to all who need it.

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