Patient returns to thank ED staff
On a sunny Friday in December last year, Mooroopna’s Daniel Campbell had his life changed forever.
As Daniel was working on a farm in Mooroopna, his arm became stuck in a piece of stationary farming machinery, causing his arm to be severed.
Daniel was rushed to GV Health where, after 20 minutes, Dr. Hashitha Dombagahawatta ordered for him to be transferred to Melbourne for further treatment.
Although Daniel spent only a short time in the Emergency Department here in Shepparton, he stayed in the minds of ED nurses Sunil Surendran and Elsa Tom for months afterwards.
“Once patients have been transferred to Melbourne we rarely hear about how they end up,” Sunil said. “I thought about him quite often.”
On Thursday 19 July, Daniel returned to GV Health to thank those who had been the first medical professionals to help him.
“It was so great to see him,” said Melanie Brown who was in charge of the Emergency Department on the day Daniel was admitted. “These people touch our lives and often we never get to see them again.”
In 2 weeks, Daniel will undergo surgery to have a bionic arm fitted. Following that, he will have further surgery and will be the first person in Australia to have pressure sensors fitted to his bionic arm.