Ryder Trauma Centers at Jackson Health System Honor Patients on National Trauma Survivors Day
Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South Medical Center will honor patients who have survived traumatic injuries during National Trauma Survivors Day, which is observed on May 19 this year.
For several years, Ryder Trauma at Jackson Memorial and Ryder Trauma at Jackson South have been providing life-saving care to people who have suffered life-threatening injuries after motor vehicle crashes, burns, falls, accidents, gunshot wounds, and more. Each year, more than 5,000 patients are treated at both trauma centers combined.
National Trauma Survivors Day seeks to provide support to survivors of traumatic injuries and their caregivers, opening the road to their recovery from trauma.
During a press conference, two patients, Pia Orcellet and Courtney Holmes, will be reunited with the medical team who saved their lives.
Pia Orcellet, 15-years-old
On November 30, 2019, Pia Orcellet, along with her mother and younger sister, were travelling in their SUV on I-95, when they were rear-ended, causing their vehicle to lose control into the express lane, and hit another car.
Pia, then 13, and her mother were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial. Her mother was impaled by a piece of metal, broke three ribs, and suffered injuries to her liver, but were not as life-threatening as severe as Pia’s. Her little sister suffered a laceration to the leg.
The extent of Pia’s injuries included a traumatic head injury, damage to her lungs and liver. Upon arrival at Ryder Trauma, Pia suffered two strokes and coded in the operating room. Her trauma team had to open her chest, massage her heart in order to revive her. Pia was then placed in an induced-coma in trauma ICU for a month, while she was connected to ECMO – a life support machine, which replaces the function of the heart and lungs.
Once she was weaned off of her induced-coma, Pia was transferred to Holtz Children’s Hospital, where she continued to recover, and undergo physical and occupational therapies. Three months later, Pia, managed to physical walk out of the hospital to be reunited with her family.
Pia, who is now a 9th grader, was able to resume school, and no longer needs physical therapy. She hopes to study acting in the future.
Courtney Holmes, 19-year-old
In the summer of 2019, Courtney was visiting his grandmother, when a man got into an altercation with his brother. Courtney got in the middle and broke off fight. His attacker returned a few minutes later with a gun, and opened fire, hitting Courtney in the right buttock. The bullet travelled through his colon and liver.
Courtney, a star football player and captain of his team at Christopher Columbus High School, was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South. Holmes suffered massive internal bleeding and had to be revived twice. Courtney received physical therapy at the hospital, and was discharged two months later.
Courtney, who is a strong safety, now plays for Lake Erie College in Cleveland, Ohio.
You can download photos and videos of Pia and Courtney via this link: https://bit.ly/3otYp6h
Enrique Ginzburg, MD, medical director, Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South Medical Center
Luis DeRosa, RN, clinical outreach and injury prevent coordinator, Ryder Trauma Center
Pia Orcellet, trauma survivor
Maximiliano Orcellet, Pia’s Father
Courtney Holmes, trauma survivor
Ryder Trauma Center
1800 N.W. 10 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Media can park in the media trauma lot.