University of Iowa AirCare service celebrates 40 years; brings patients and responders together

  • Source: KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids
  • Published: 06/23/2019 04:52 AM

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Aircare Service is celebrating its 40th year of care Saturday by allowing families to come and check out the equipment they use on a daily basis. Around 40,000 flights have been made since the program began; Eddie Ortiz of West Liberty was one of them. That’s why he is bringing his family out to not only see the equipment but say thank you. “I thought I was going to die,” Ortiz said holding back tears. “I asked my coworker to tell my girlfriend and kids that I loved them.” Ortiz was driving over a railroad track in a skid loader when he was struck. Ortiz said none of the warning systems went off and the train wasn’t blowing their horn. He suffered a severed liver, a collapsed lung and split diaphragm and much more.


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