Vail Daily letter: Thanks for care |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for care

Two weeks ago today, I dropped my kids at ski school and set out for a day of what I anticipated would be glorious skiing — my first day on the mountain. On the very first run, my left binding came loose, sending my ski off without me, and my right ski twisted beneath me, taking with it my knee and tibia, both of which shattered.

As I lay on the mountain in previously unknown-to-me pain, a volunteer EMT, whom I remember as Mike, stopped and came to my aid. I wanted to write a letter to publicly thank him — and all the volunteer personnel who undertake similar such tasks — for helping me to stay calm, to guide me through the pain, and for sitting with me until Ski Patrol arrived to take me to the hospital. I don’t know Mike, he doesn’t know me, but I will forever be grateful for what he did — those were the scariest and most excruciating minutes of my life, and his volunteerism truly rescued me.

I’d also like to publicly thank the amazing Vail Ski Patrol who talked me through everything that was happening, got me swiftly and safely to the hospital, and did all they reasonably could to make my accident less traumatic. And finally, the amazing medical staff at Vail Valley Medical, not least including my surgeon, Erik Dorf, but also the fantastic nurses and support staff. They were my heroes for my four-day hospital stay, and I will always be grateful for their kindness and care.

I don’t know if Mike will ever read this, but to all the volunteers who take the time to educate themselves to help others, thank you. I will always be in your debt, and I am so very grateful for getting me off the mountain safely that morning.

Allison Winn Scotch

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