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.